Out with the Old….

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.

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  • Interesting Story here that Torre is managing for his job.

    rob October 7, 2007, 10:20 am
  • It’s actually hard for me, a romantic, to get too upset about the “non-traditional” teams winning, particularly when the results seem just. Though it would be lovely (and romantic!) to see a World Series played between Fenway Park and Wrigley Field for all sorts of architectural and aesthetic reasons, it’s good to see teams playing well being rewarded for their quality, and the Rockies and the Diamondbacks have gotten what they deserve: a trip to the NLCS.

    SF October 7, 2007, 10:25 am
  • As for that article, Steinbrenner comes off like a pathetic child. Sad.

    SF October 7, 2007, 10:29 am
  • Agree SF, Torre has worked wonders for them in the past and has not always agreed with the personnel decisions that have been made.
    I just thought it was odd timing for it to be released today. I had the feeling (as did a lot of other people) that the playoffs this year would be a deciding issue on him being rehired or not.

    rob October 7, 2007, 10:33 am
  • “The Sox and the Tribe can complete sweeps of their own today. We sure hope that doesn’t happen…”
    We? Who is this we?
    I for one do not wish to see the Yankees move on…
    As a Red Sox fan of long duration (Let’s put it this way, I STILL think the Red Sox win it all it ’67 if they hadn’t lost Tony C on August 18}
    I grew up hating the Yankees… absolutely, passionately unwaveringly, hating the Yankees. It has been said that a true Red Sox fan has TWO favorite teams, and the other one is the team that is playing the Yankees.
    I certainly hope for sweeps today, because I am not alone in being deathly afraid of this Yankee team and IF the Red Sox do make it to the next round, not having to face the SCARY-MAN Yankees would be just fine and dandy to me.

    Anonymous October 7, 2007, 10:45 am
  • whoops, didn’t mean to post that anon…

    Brian October 7, 2007, 10:47 am
  • wth does this mean- “He won’t umpire our games anymore.” regarding Bruce Froemming.
    Since when does ownership of any team have a say over who umpires their games or not?

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 7, 2007, 12:05 pm
  • NSTB – I think he was referring to the fact that froeming is retiring.
    Brian – I think its pretty reasonable that YF wouldnt want the Tribe to complete a sweep today. Most blogs have writers who write “we” in the place of I.

    Sam-YF October 7, 2007, 12:25 pm
  • ahhhh… yes. It sounded like a threat almost.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 7, 2007, 12:33 pm
  • Actually, I’m torn. Although I would like the Yankees to get swept and embarrassed in The Stadium tonight, I also want the Indians pitchers as tired as possible IF we face them in the ALCS. Decisions, decisions…

    LocklandSF October 7, 2007, 12:38 pm
  • Sox need to make sure they beat the Angels first before we’re faced with such decisions.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 7, 2007, 12:40 pm
  • So Torre’s gone if the Yankees lose. What then for Posada and Mariano? Could Posada stay in New York, but move crosstown? How happy will Jeter be without Joe? If Torre goes, does that make it easy to re-sign A-Rod, would he want to play for a newbie manager (Mattingly, Girardi)?
    So GO TRIBE. We at this site will hardly be able to repay you guys for the wonderful soap opera that will ensue tomorrow if you do sweep the Bombers.

    SF October 7, 2007, 12:51 pm
  • I know this is ultimately a business, but I do wonder about how much a firing of Torre would hurt the Yanks’ chances of re-signing reported Joe-loyalists Mariano and Jorge.

    Nick-YF October 7, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • Pirates are looking for a new manager.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 7, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • I definately think firing Joe is going to create a divide between the FO and the Joe loyalists.

    rob October 7, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • I said IF we face them, no jinx here.
    SF has a point, to expand, it would be a sports journalists wet dream if the Indians swept and Joe was canned, I realize it’s the last year of his contract so he could say it was his decision, but the Boss can yell louder.

    LocklandSF October 7, 2007, 1:47 pm
  • Update on my Dad for anyone that wanted to know. Was with him all day yesterday and he had surgery this morning. I will spare you the details, but he’s doing great, it was just a bump in the road. I’m headed over to watch the game with him in his room tonight, which has wireless internet if you can believe that, thank you MGH.
    Go Dad, Go SOX!

    LocklandSF October 7, 2007, 1:50 pm
  • Good news! Hope he gets well soon.
    You were right, no jinx up there, I’m just hyper-sensitive at this time of year. Don’t want to anger the baby baseball jesus.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF October 7, 2007, 2:10 pm
  • Lockland, Here’s wishing your dad a speedy recovery.

    Andrews October 7, 2007, 2:18 pm
  • Best wishes to your dad, Lockland.

    YF October 7, 2007, 3:06 pm

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