I caught the end of the Phillies-Rockies game on the radio while driving home from the Stadium this afternoon and then saw the end of the Cardinals-Dodgers game while packing for the weekend trip to Minneapolis (6 a.m. flight on Saturday means you got to plan ahead). Two games, two dramatic endings. What will the Red Sox-Angels game bring?
I’ve always loved the first round of the playoffs because every inning feels important and the games run all day – sort of like the early rounds of the NCAA tournament (though, sadly, Gus Johnson doesn’t announce baseball). Even if you don’t have a rooting interest, it’s hard not to hang on every pitch.
From the Yankee perspective, I suppose the best thing to hope for is a five-game series with a few extra-inning marathons. Or a few rainouts. Whatever gets the ALCS opposition to next Friday as ragged as possible would work out well for the Yanks.
That’s it for me tonight. Thanks for all the emails and comments today, and be sure to come back early and often tomorrow. We’ll have Flash Points, all the pre-game news and a game post (or two or three) that’ll go all night. See you then.