This is why having a second wildcard is STUPID.
5th best team in the league (and 10th best in baseball) now has a shot at the World Series. Only Bud Selig could pull this off.
After tonight I won't be reading a damn word about baseball until March.
I am so bitter! Things like this never happen to us. Never
2009 Attendance Record: 3-5
2010 Attendance Record: 2-9
2011 Attendance Record: 3-4
2012 Attendance Record: 3-4
2013 Attendance Record: 5-2
All four LDS series' went the wrong way. O' ye baseball Gods, what are you trying to tell me?
The widow is gathering nettles for her children's dinner; a perfumed seigneur, delicately lounging in the Oeil de Boeuf, hath an alchemy whereby he will extract the third nettle and call it rent. ~ Carlyle
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Playoff experience. Priceless.
The Cardinals have got to be the luckiest team on the planet. The planets have definitely aligned for them again this year. They get every possible lucky break. Its embarrassing for baseball to see such a mediocre team advance while the best teams get eliminated in crapshoot short series.
How long until baseball realizes the Wild Card cheapens the regular season to the point of total irrelevance? Does the integrity of the World Series mean nothing these days? Might as well give it to another mediocre 2nd place team again this year.
I couldn't have written it up worse. We win two on the road and get knocked out, Cardinals advance in a last second halfcourt prayer, Yankees beat the underdog again...just gross. I don't think I'll be watching too much more of this postseason.
The playoffs are always going to favor the Wild Card teams, to some degree at least, over the dominant division winners because the WC teams have been in playoff mode for at least a month, battling back and forth with every game meaning something.
The dominant division winners like the Reds, meanwhile, are trying to get ready by giving the Wilson Valdezs and Miguel Cairos at-bats.
A lot of good that does. I'd rather be playing stressful baseball all along than try to flip the light switch back on after chilling for the last month.
The Cards, nowhere near the best team in their division let alone baseball, have figured out this dirty secret and are exploiting it.
Last edited by Reds/Flyers Fan; 10-13-2012 at 01:28 AM.
"Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."
Not going to get upset at the Cardinals moving on as wild card 2, if baseball went with the real traditional method of only the best team in each league, the Reds wouldn't have been in either, once you let the 2nd in you have already opened the box.
Just woke up to this news. My Gawd! Being up 2 runs in the 9th, with two outs, a strike away from advancing? Now that was a choke job!
"panic" only comes from having real expectations