Still processing that the season for the Sox has ended.Â Watching “Four Days in October” last night helped and hearing Don Orsillo calling the Rangers/Rays game does too.
Given that I don’t really dislike any of the teams in the playoffs except for one, for the most part I’m in the “Anyone but the Yankees” camp.Â There are three games on television today, though, so I might as well make some picks (idea kind of lifted from Metsgrrl who mapped out her choices over at her blog).Â I’m only picking by series, though, so here’s what I’d like to happen in the Division Series.
Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays:Â I’m torn.Â I despise the cowbells which means I’m not fond of most Rays fans (not all, though.Â I know a few I consider good fans and part of me is happy for them) so every Rays loss means we’re closer to no more freaking cowbells until April 2011.Â That I can get behind.Â (Also, I will always dislike James Shields for many reasons but mostly his dumbass nickname.Â Once the Rays are out of it, no one will be mentioning “Big Game” James.Â Who could root against that?)Â The only thing I have against the Rangers is Josh Hamilton.Â I don’t want to hear what a wonderful story he has for the next month.Â Any time someone starts talking about Josh Hamilton and his issues, it makes me want to start using drugs.Â That’s probably not what he had in mind when he shared his story, huh?Â I’m going with the Rangers.Â Cliff Lee making his way through the playoffs makes me happy.Â I won’t be devastated if the Rays win, but if the baseball gods love us even a little than they will spare us the idiocy that is adults ringing cowbells.
Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies:Â I don’t hate the Phillies but I’m really just sick of them.Â The only things that make me not want to root for the Reds are Dusty Brown and Jonny Gomes.Â If Gomes pulls something in his first appearance and can’t play the rest of the post-season, I’ll be a happy gal.Â I’m rooting for the Reds. Gomes and Baker aside, I like their fan base and I think a fan base as loyal as theirs should get to enjoy more than one round of the playoffs.Â It doesn’t hurt that Bronson Arroyo is with the Reds, not at all.Â Okay, who am I kidding?Â I want Bronson to get another ring.Â I do.Â I do.Â I do. I do.Â There, I said it.
New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins: I’m all about the Yankees.Â (Man, I couldn’t even type that with a straight face!)Â I don’t just want the Twins to beat the Yankees, I want Joe Girardi to get thrown out of every game.Â I want Derek Jeter to throw his shoulder out while he’s fist pumping.Â I want Slappy to tear a few muscles in the groin area.Â I want CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte to all give up over ten hits and ten runs.Â I want Mark Teixeira to bat .000 and Nick Swisher to have 17 errors.Â I WANT THE TWINS TO DESTROY THE YANKEES!Â That is all.
Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants:Â Honestly?Â I couldn’t care less.Â There are ex-Sox on the Braves (Lowe, Gonzalez, Wagner, Hinske, heck even Ross) AND on the Giants (Lopez, Ramirez, Renteria, Sanchez), so I could develop a fondness for either team.Â Do I have to pick one?Â Let’s see, Tomahawk Chop versus panda hats…I’m going to have to give this one to San Francisco. Plus, seeing Javier Lopez in the post season makes me unreasonably happy.Â Not exactly a good rationale for choosing the Giants but there you have it.
I’m watching the Rangers take David Price for five runs in five innings so far.Â I hope every game today has a similar scenario!