Two of baseball’s oldest franchises were bounced from the playoffs by two of the newest yesterday. I was especially sad to see the Cubs gone—my book, Spalding’s World Tour, is, in part, a Cubs story. I don’t have much love for the Phils, but as someone who cares for tradition, I’m sad to see the traditional teams eliminated. Although, in fairness, the tradition of these traditional teams has been one of futility, so I suppose one could say the results are fitting. As it is, the Dbacks and Rocks make for an interesting matchup. Some AL team is going to have its hands full. Hopefully, however, we won’t be much closer to figuring out what team that might be after today. Both NLDS’s were sweeps. The Sox and the Tribe can complete sweeps of their own today. We sure hope that doesn’t happen. Anyway, we’ll be here commenting on all the action, but be sure to check in with our pal and frequent YFSF contributor Emma Span, who’s covering the playoffs over at Newsday.