Pogotheostrich wrote:If you want names the All-Star game is in July. The best moments of the playoffs so far this year have been provided by Pete Kozma and Raul Ibanez. The best moments of last year was provided by David Freese. The Cardinals trying to go back to back with no Pujols and no LaRussa would be a huge story. Verlander and the Tigers returning to the WS to try and redeem the 2006 should be a huge story. The teams might have been here before but there are plenty of established stars that would be playing for thier first ring. Interesting baseball is all that matters not the media stories. I don't remember too many people being exciting about last year's matchup and it was fantastic.
I know, right? That's kind of the problem. Interesting baseball is all well and good, but it can happen during the regular season. I can watch a good game any time, there's a possibility for good baseball to be played in May. The playoffs are about narrative,
, at least to the vast majority of baseball fans who aren't diehard Cards//Tigers fans. And the truth is, a Cards/Tigers WS is a pretty damn boring story. Oakland, Baltimore, Washington... those were the exciting teams. A Giants/Athletics WS would have been interesting. A Nationals/NYY or Nationals/Anyone, really would have been exciting.
I'm a pretty big fan of baseball in general. I can, and have watched games between two teams I don't really care about and not talked for hours, and been entertained, because it was a good game. But that level of entertainment is a dry thing, and it pales compared to watching a game where I'm emotionally invested, where I care about the outcome. And I think that's very true for the vast majority of sports fans. And when my team hasn't sniffed the the playoffs for the better part of a decade, when the playoffs come around the first thing I want to see is a team I could get behind. I can get behind the Nationals because they're a great story... bad for so long, built from within, the right way, scrappy, colorful characters, a burgeoning superstar... I can get behind that
, enough to care that they win. And that makes watching the games about 500% more fun.
The truth is, I couldn't care less who wins a potential Tigers/Cards WS. I'll watch it, and I'll root for good individual games, but it won't be nearly as fun. They're both well-put together teams who play fundamentally good baseball and get good all-around performances out of oh my god it's boring just talking about it.
Playoffs are about narrative.