15 Oct 2015
About a month ago, I referenced the 1985 Yankees and how the 2015 season was starting to resemble that year with the Blue Jays surpassing the Yankees and taking the AL East. Little did I know how right I was.
Besides the Blue Jays beating the Yankees out for the AL East crown, they are now headed to the ALCS where they will play the Royals- just like in 1985.
In 1985, “Back to the Future” came out. At the end of the movie, the characters travel forward in time to 2015. In the sequel to the movie, we find out that the 2015 World Series winners are the Cubs- the team currently with the best odds to win the World Series.
Spooky isn’t it?
Ok, so maybe it all doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny, but the playoffs have been must-watch TV.
Start with the Cubs beating the hated Cardinals and clinching their first ever postseason series win at Wrigley. (In retrospect that should not have been a surprise. The Cubs have won one postseason series since Wrigley was opened!)
The Mets-Dodgers go to Game 5 tonight, and I am sure Chase Utley will get a warm reception at Dodger Stadium. I think the slide was legal, but dirty. I don’t think it should be legal, but he was clearly able to touch second on it, so I don’t understand the suspension. Would he have been suspended if he had not broken Tejada’s leg? Why wasn’t the guy who broke the Pirates’ shortstops leg a few weeks ago suspended? Makes no sense to me.
How about the Royals? Six outs away from elimination and down four runs, and they storm back to win Game 4 and then comeback in Game 5 as well.
And then there is Toronto. Start with the fact that they lost the first two games at home, but then consider the 7th inning yesterday which had about everything you could ever expect to see in a baseball game. Personally, I have never seen a catcher’s throw hit a bat, that was a first. Bautista’s bat flip was perfectly fine in my mind, that was a monster homer, much better than the guys who preen over a meaningless homer in May. The game also made me very, very glad the Yankees never bit on Elvis Andrus, what a terrible meltdown he had.
It’s been a great postseason so far, and another do-or-die game tonight. I can’t wait.