18 October 2006

Almost there

I haven't wanted a postseason team to win it all so badly since the 1993 Blue Jays, but the 2006 Athletics didn't quite make it.  At least they won a postseason series for the first time since 1990.  And they're pretty obviously the best team in baseball per dollar of team payroll.  It's hard to look at the Athletics' results and payrolls since Billy Beane became general manager in late 1997 without concluding that he's one of the best ever, up there with historic names like Branch Rickey and Larry MacPhail.

So the Cardinals are my team now.  Thanks to the generosity of O, I took the opportunity to see them take two of three from the Mets here in St. Louis.  Now they have to win just one of two in New York, with former Blue Jay Chris Carpenter pitching for the Cardinals tonight.  Looks good . . .

Happy 20th birthday to the original Nintendo Enertainment System!


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