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My postseason viewing so far
2006-10-04 18:20
by Bob Timmermann

With five playoff games in the books, I have seen 2 1/2 innings on TV so far. I saw two innings of Game 1 of the Oakland-Minnesota series and the bottom of the ninth of the Yankees-Tigers Game 1.

What have I learned? I think what I've learned from doing this blog is that in the last few months, I might not be as much of a partisan as I used to. I've grown up as a Dodgers fan, but the results of today's game just didn't seem to affect me. Maybe the games will as the series goes on, but right now, I have this feeling that whatever happens, happens. I may be happy. I may be sad. But I doubt I will be at an extreme. This could be a factor of not seeing the Dodgers winning a postseason series since 1988. I just don't expect a whole lot.

But for some reason, I seem to get fired up over the regular season more. Even though the point of the regular season, isn't to be fired up. The regular season is a day-to-day affair. You want to maintain an even keel. It's a story that unfolds over several months. But the postseason is a series of short and intense bursts of action. I need to adjust to that mentally. I may not get a chance to see a full game until Thursday unless the rain lets up in New York tonight. (The tarp is coming off the field as I write this.) I'm sure once I get a game or two under my belt, I'll feel differently.

Or maybe I will get into the swing of things once I get to Japan. Maybe some rhythmic clapping and chants of gattobase! will put me in the mood.

What I really want is a good storyline. Preferably a storyline that doesn't revolve around a big star. The postseason is a time for George Rohe, , Gonzalo Marquez, Brian Doyle, Billy Bates and Geoff Blum. Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols and the like will be with us for a long time, but I really like the story of the guy who gets to be in the right place at the right time and do the right thing and become a hero.

2006-10-04 19:04:12
1.   bhsportsguy
Marco Scutaro is my candidate for Griddle enshrinement.
2006-10-04 19:31:58
2.   Gagne55
1 You know the a's will blow it. they always do.
2006-10-04 20:23:19
3.   Vishal
[2] at first i was gonna tell you "oh, shut up", but that's because i'm tired and grumpy. anyway, the A's aren't gonna blow it. not this series anyway.
2006-10-05 05:13:03
4.   dianagramr
Hey Bob ... don't forget Gene Tenace.
2006-10-05 07:19:12
5.   Bob Timmermann
But Gene Tenace became mildly famous.
2006-10-05 07:39:15
6.   dianagramr
OK ... forget Gene Tenace :-)
2006-10-05 11:00:28
7.   dzzrtRatt
I just hope it's not Guillermo Mota or Paul LoDuca.

The A's smell like the team of destiny this year.

2006-10-05 11:32:00
8.   blue22
Usually (read: when LA isn't in the playoffs), I'm rooting against one or two teams to win the WS, as I'm not sure I could stand to see that fanbase get their ultimate prize (SF, SD, LAA). Once those teams are gone, I usually could care less.

This year, though, I've got my heart and my wallet in it. Dodgers playing in October and preseason bets on an A's/Dodgers World Series gives me something to root for!

2006-10-05 15:55:30
9.   Bob Timmermann
Personally, I was ecstatic when the Angels won in 2002.
2006-10-06 12:20:47
10.   Suffering Bruin
Two-and-a-half innings? That's two more innings than I've seen! You've been watching 400% more baseball than me? And you call yourself a working man? Ha!

(Sure, the above is not all that funny, but I'm in school sneaking in a post. Give me more time, I can do better...)

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