Friday, October 10, 2014

MLB Postseason - Waxing Nostalgic

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

Some certainties from last week’s Divisional Series;

1) The Kansas City Royals are for real.

2) The Baltimore Orioles may be the best team in baseball.

3) Clayton Kershaw is human after all.

4) Bruce Bochy may be the best postseason manager in baseball history.

5) I’m not a Rocket Surgeon.

Please add Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams to the long list of skippers out-managed by San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy.

Recent managers vanquished by Bochy;

Bobby Cox – 2010 Atlanta Braves

Charlie Manuel – 2010 Philadelphia Phillies

Ron Washington – 2010 Texas Rangers

Dusty Baker – 2012 Cincinnati Reds

Mike Matheny – 2012 St. Louis Cardinals

Jim Leyland – 2012 Detroit Tigers

Clint Hurdle – 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates

Matt Williams – 2014 Washington Nationals

Matheny’s second chance to beat Bochy begins Saturday night.

The best record in baseball means nothing. Two times in the past three seasons have the Washington Nationals owned the National League’s best record, twice have they bowed out in the Divisional Series.

Useless Trivia; the last National League team which owned baseball’s best record that went on to win the World Series was the 1986 New York Mets (108 – 54).

If Clayton Kershaw played in the National League Central, he’d probably pitch for the Cardinals.

More Useless Trivia; who was the New York Yankee manager that preceded Joe Torre? Who managed the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000, one year before they won the World Series? Who managed the Texas Rangers from 2003 – 2006? Buck Showalter.

After last week, I’m out of the business of predicting baseball playoff series….until next year.

Baltimore’s third baseman Ryan Flaherty defense during the Orioles A.L.D.S. sweep of the Detroit Tigers was eerily similar to O’s legend Brooks Robinson.

Now that the Kansas City Royals are playing for the chance to return to the World Series for the first time since 1985, will their rally song be Bowling For Soup’s “1985”?

I kind of like that song myself.

Billboard magazine’s number one song of 1985; “Careless Whisper” by Wham

Billboard magazine’s number one song of 1983; “Every Breath You Take” by the Police.

As good as those two songs are, I doubt they’ll ever become stadium anthems.

For What it’s Worth Department; Billboard’s number one song this week is “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

My job in 1985; Key Cashier for Rite Aid Corporation, my job in 1983; Radio Personality at WFJT Radio (after graduating from college in June 1983).

Where have the years gone?

Have a blessed week. GO BLUE JACKETS!!!!!

Dan Howard

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