Congrats to the Tigers
by Ken Arneson
2006-10-14 16:59

They deserved to be American League champions. They were the best team.

The Tigers fell apart at the end of the regular season, but they were without Placido Polanco for most of it, so we’ll forgive them for that. The dropoff from Polanco to Neifi Perez–it’s about as big as the dropoff from Mark Ellis to D’Angelo Jimenez.

I wish the A’s could have put up a better fight. The Tigers might have won anyway, but I would have loved to have seen this series with both teams at full strength. The A’s style is to play solid defense, keep the game close, and then win it late with a deep bullpen. But without Ellis and his MLB-record 2B fielding percentage, and without Justin Duchscherer, who can throw two shutdown innings in the middle of a ballgame, the A’s M.O. was gone. Those two guys were the keys, the very heart and soul of the A’s success in 2006.

Defensive miscues cost the A’s game two, and the short bullpen cost them in game four. If the A’s had won one of those games, we’d get to see Barry Zito give one last effort in an Oakland uniform. Instead, his last appearance was a stinker. That’s a sad way to go out.

And now, once again, I’d like to say this to the many, many people who ridiculed me and questioned my sanity back in April, when I picked the Tigers to win the AL Central:

Phffffffffffffffffffffffffttttttt ;P !

Who’s insane now, suckers?

Comments: 9
1.   graciebarn
2006-10-14 17:32

1.  Where is the exclamation point in the second paragraph?

2.   Ken Arneson
2006-10-14 17:38

2.  I used it in the penultimate paragraph.

3.   das411
2006-10-14 17:39

3.  So then the dropoff from Sean Casey to Neifi! is about the same as that from Duchshzzzzzzzzer to...Kiko Calero?

4.   Bob Timmermann
2006-10-14 17:53

4.  I foresee the rubber match World Series.

1934.

1968.

This ones for keeps!

5.   Ken Arneson
2006-10-14 17:53

5.  4 Well, the difference may be about the same, but the scale is totally different. It's more like the difference between Kirk Saarloos and Jay Witasick.

6.   Ken Arneson
2006-10-14 17:54

6.  4? I meant 3 in 5.

7.   Mark T.R. Donohue
2006-10-14 18:21

7.  But the Tigers didn't win the AL Central, now did they?

8.   Ken Arneson
2006-10-14 18:30

8.  7 No. But so what? The point is, I got more grief for that than for anything else I've ever written combined. And those people who gave me grief over it can now eat my shorts.

9.   Bluebleeder87
2006-10-15 14:39

9.  World Series of bust for Detriot!!

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