It was difficult initially, because I felt like Butch and Sundance in my favorite movie. Watching Colorado, Arizona, and Cleveland, I kept asking myself : â€śWho ARE these guys?â€ť
Well, I have since found out that â€śthese guysâ€ť are some pretty good baseball players - pretty much initially unknown in New York or Boston, but I think that has changed.
The Indians have some of the best young talent in the American League, led by leadoff hitter and centerfielder Grady Sizemore, Travis Hafnerâ€™s not a bad bat to have in the lineup, either, and catcher Victor Martinez should be a star for years to come, barring injury. I mean, a good catcher whoâ€™s also a good - hitting switch hitter? Come on.
Then thereâ€™s third baseman Casey â€śMountain Manâ€ť Blake, a Des Moines native, and a player with one of my new favorite names - Astrubal (?!) Cabrera. Pitcher C.C. Sabathia, one of the few Indian players with whom I had a passing knowledge, is a fireballing lefthander in the image of Mickey Lolich, if you know what I mean. And, of course, there is outfielder Kenny Lofton, who looks like heâ€™s 15 years old, but who first played for the Indians, I believe, on their 1948 World Series champions - one of 32 major league teams for which he has toiled.
Anyway, the Indians are good, and if they end up beating the Red Sox to go to the World Series - well, letâ€™s just say Iâ€™m more than okay with that.
As for the â€śotherâ€ť league, Arizona was okay, but face it, the Colorado Rockies really seem to be a team of destiny. The team that finished in last place in their division - a bad division, no less - last season has defied all odds by going on a nearly month-long winning streak - the only way they could even get into the post season!
And since they got there, following Matt Hollidayâ€™s face-first slide into (or near?) home plate against San Diego, the Rockies seem to have some kind of magic surrounding them. They seemingly canâ€™t lose anymore. Itâ€™s as if the Rockies made a deal with Mr. Applegate, the devil in â€śDamn Yankees.â€ť
Anyway, Iâ€™m going to sit back and enjoy this â€śunofficial post season,â€ť cheering for the player with my absolute favorite â€śnewâ€ť name - Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzski. Although Yorvit Torrealbaâ€™s not a bad name, either. Go Rockies!
P.S. Donâ€™t worry - my favorite team hasnâ€™t changed... Iâ€™ll be back in the spring, no matter which players and manager are in the dugout.