Best Time of Year

051022-N-1592S-001I don’t know about all of you, but October is my favorite month of the year.

Football is in full swing, basketball and hockey are getting ready to begin their seasons, and baseball is getting ready to crown a World Champion. That entire statement is true in 2012 except for hockey. Gary Bettman is continuing to ruin the NHL, but at least there is still college and junior hockey to watch.

It is interesting that the NFL, NBA and the NHL have all had lockouts within the last year or so. The last time the MLB had a lockout was the 1994-95 season.

With that being said, I think we can all agree that the world of professional sports is getting a little greedy. Especially with guys like Alex Rodriguez who have 2 hits out of 19 at-bats this postseason with 10 of those being strikeouts. He is the highest paid player in 2012 at $30 million and has made more than any other ballplayer in history at $296 million. Despite all of that, Alex is one of the greats and I’m sure he will turn it around, but for right now, he belongs on the bench.

To continue on with baseball, the Cinderella Oakland A’s couldn’t keep the magic going against the Detroit Tigers. The Washington Nationals also forced a game 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals and looked like they were going to win the series being up 7-5 in the top of the 9th inning. The Cardinals proved that you can never count them out by scoring 4 last-minute runs to win 9-7. Lastly, the San Francisco Giants finished off the Cincinnati Reds in the 5th and final game of their series with a grand slam by the Giants stud catcher, Buster Posey.

Now we are down to the final four teams. The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will continue their rivalry for the National League Championship. This is the third time these two have met in the NLCS. In the American League, the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees began the ALCS last night with the Tigers taking game one 6-4 in 12 innings. The big story from this game besides the continued struggles of Alex Rodriguez is that Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with a fractured ankle. It’s sad to see guys like him get hurt, because he is a class act and the epitome of a ball player.

I’m going out on a limb here and predicting that the Cardinals and Tigers will face off in the World Series. With the Tigers winning in 5 games. Both teams have great pitching with good offenses to back them up. It  would be fitting for Detroit to win since Justin Verlander has been a workhorse the last 7 years and Miguel Cabrera won the first Triple Crown in 45 years. So I’m sticking with my underdog theme since the Yankees won in 2009, Giants in 2010 and Cardinals in 2011. It’s the Tigers year and there also hasn’t been back to back championships since the Yankees won in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Dynasties are great and all, but it’s good for sports when a different team takes home the title every year. They used to be common in the past with the New York Islanders winning four straight titles in the 70s, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Steel Curtain Defense with 4 Super Bowls in 6 seasons, Los Angeles Lakers of the 80s and 2000s, Montreal Canadiens of the 50s, New England Patriots of the early 2000s, Chicago Bulls of the 90s, Edmonton Oilers of the 80s, New York Yankees of the 50s and 90s and the Boston Celtics of the 60s.

This dynasty trend is most likely a dying breed now that the competition is getting better and better every year, and players rarely spend their entire career with one or two teams.

We shall see what happens though. My next post will be about fitness since my last two have been about professional sports.

Thanks again for reading!

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