2012 MLB Playoffs: Out With The New, In With The Old
This year’s addition of the Wild Card game as well as some new faces to the playoff season saw the beginning of the playoffs start with a buzz. A nice rejuvenation of baseball was in the air as the Nationals, Orioles, and A’s all broke onto the postseason scene. For the Nationals it was a franchise first. The Orioles surprised everyone all season competing fiercely with the Yankees for the pennant. The Oakland Athletics did it in remarkable fashion having a dominant late season push into the postseason.
Sadly, we watched all of these exciting “new” postseason teams get shown the door by the bullies of the MLB. The Yankees, Tigers, Cardinals, and Giants showed us all that they are not about to be outdone by the new hopefuls that flourished at the end of the season. The veterans of the four remaining teams along with newly acquired young talent were able to hold off the feisty newcomers, and reestablish themselves in the ALCS and NLCS. All 4 remaining teams have been in the World Series at least once since 2006. Out of the 4 remaining, the Yankees, Cardinals, and Giants have hoisted the World Series Trophy into the air once in each of the last 3 years.
Yesterday, we saw Yankees superstar and captain Derek Jeter end his season with a fractured ankle, will this loss deflate the dynasty? Can the Cardinals repeat without manager Tony La Russa? Will the Giants bring it back to San Francisco for the second time in 3 years? Or will the Detroit Tigers and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera finally get the monkey off their backs and bring a championship back to a city that could sure use it right now. Needless to say with all these story lines and more in development we are in for an exciting end to a long baseball season (especially here in Chicago, yeesh).
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