Apparently Mr. Krause has learned very little over this grinding 2008 season. While his beloved Detroit Tigers spent the entire year daydreaming about how they were gonna go blow those big bucks they pocketed without deserving them, my colleague Allen also lost sight of the grandest rule of the grandest game on earth: It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
Just ask the New York Mets.
Or the White Sox for that matter… for different reasons.
While I have no viable reason to eschew your proposal, Mr. Krause, I do find it my duty to kick you in the teeth to remind you that the White Sox are still alive, that the playoff participants have yet to be solidified, and that no matter what deal you bring to the table, I will always be right.
After the White Sox defeat the Twins in Tuesday night’s one-off playoff, then you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be on the Southside train all the way to Wrigleyville if it indeed goes in that direction.
Of course, a Second City Classic would be sublime for me as a Chicagoan; however, like the millions of Cub-haters who share my opinion, there is no way in hell I’ll ever be rooting for the Northsiders — ever. They could be playing the Munich Hitlers, the Tokyo Hirohitos or the New York Yankees. I still ain’t budgin’.
So there you have it. Patience, my friend. After it’s all said and done, I’ll take much pleasure in proving you wrong just as I’ve done throughout the grueling 162 game (+1) season.
And to add one bit of finality to another outlandish, unresearched bit of barbarity that escaped your mind without being fully vetted, let me remind you, Mr. Krause, the St. Louis Cardinals finished the season 10 games over .500. Yet still, you found it appropriate to say:
“…the Cards don’t deserve to be there because, well, they sucked this season.”
Well, not really, Al. The Cardinals had a tremendous year given the circumstances. They finished with a better record this season than they did in 2006 when they won it all. They won 86 games this year with a bullpen reminiscent of my little league team from 1992, including guys whose arms were falling off mid-delivery. You see, Al, the Dodgers are in the playoffs and they were two wins shy of the Cardinals. So, by that logic you’d say that the Dodgers haven’t a chance because they “sucked this season” as well?
No. I’ll tell you who sucked this season. Your Tigers. They finished dead last in the AL Central. DEAD LAST. BEHIND THE ROYALS.
BEHIND THE ROYALS.
BEHIND THE ROYALS!
Good luck with trying to live with that one.
And don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.