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Mike Schilling

2002 a great series? You are a cruel man, Mr. Mannion.

Matt

The world series isn't about baseball! It's about which millionaire gets the keys to a new car at the end of the last game! Witness Eckstein's first words upon winning the MVP: "I'd like to thank Chevrolet . . ."

Thank god we have the trenchant, biting commentary of smart guys like Joe Buck to help us see through the corporate spectacle.

Linkmeister

If I'm a Detroit fan (and I sorta was, if only because of their own glorious history), I'm playing the "if only" game with our pitchers and their inability to throw the ball accurately to their fellow infielders.

It just wasn't a very scintillating Series. I suppose I should be happy for Weaver, who redeemed himself after an absolutely awful start for the Angels this year (dumped off the roster so his little brother could take that slot! How tough must that have been?), and Eckstein played very well (the spirit of Eddie Stanky lives!), but...

Baseball should be played in the daytime when it's in cold-weather regions.

Kate Marie

2002 a great Series? You are a *wise* man, Mr. Mannion.

I was rooting for the Cards, partly because I find it hard to root against David Eckstein and Scott Spezio, but since I have no real loyalty to the Cards, I would have liked to see it go seven games, and I would have liked to see a more exciting Series.

Mike Schilling

If I'm a Detroit fan (and I sorta was, if only because of their own glorious history), I'm playing the "if only" game with our pitchers and their inability to throw the ball accurately to their fellow infielders.

Next year, the designated fielder...

JMG

As you doubtless know, Mr. Mannion, the fans desire to see a 7-game Series, which you describe so well, is the only time fans and the baseball business are on the same side.
The players only share the dough from the first four games. After that, it's all management's share. Also, the longer the Series goes, the more money Fox gets.
I root for 7-gamers anyway. Hopeless romantic, I guess.

sean

The Cards put together a run good enough to get it done, but baseball got the champion it deserved. Talk about parity: neither league had what you would call a commanding team (Yanks, Mets both at .599) and entering the playoffs only 5 of the 8 teams had anything like a good record. (St. Louis was a division winner but for all intents and purposes it looked like a wild card with those 83 wins.)Very NHL-like.

Mike Schilling

(St. Louis was a division winner but for all intents and purposes it looked like a wild card with those 83 wins.)

It would be difficult to be the best second-place team with a record that bad. The Cards looked like what they were, the first-place team in a weak division.


NL Wild Card teams:

1995 Rockies 77-67 (corresponds to 87-75 for a full season)
1996 Dodgers 90-72 (Cards won the Central with 88 wins)
1997 Marlins 92-70 (Divison winners Astros with 84 wins, Giants with 90)
1998 Cubs 90-73
1999 Mets 97-66 (Astros also had 97)
2000 Mets 94-68
2001 Cards 93-69 (Tied with Astros at 93. DBacks had 92, Braves 88)
2002 Giants 95-66
2003 Marlins 91-71 (Cubs had 88)
2004 Astros 92-70
2005 Astros 89-73 (Padres had 82)
2006 Dodgers 88-74 (Tied with Padres. Cards had 83)

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