Today was the first game of the 107th World Series. This year, it’s the Rangers and the Cardinals facing off for the title.
It could say “Brewers” in place of “Cardinals” in that sentence, but there are various reasons that couldn’t happen.
The Brewers’ season came to a very disappointing end on Sunday, as they lost to the Cardinals, 12-6. The Cardinals are now in the World Series, and won the first game of it, 3-2, against the Rangers.
But, during the last two games of the NLCS, I realized that the Brewers were not a team that deserved to go to the World Series. As a die-hard Brewers fan, it’s extremely hard for me to say that, but it’s beyond true. If you were unlucky enough to see a string of three consecutive errors- two of which happened on the same play- during the Brewers’ final game of the season, you probably agree with me. Oh, and I was definitely one of the people unlucky enough to see it- I had a great view from six rows behind the plate at Miller Park. It was in the fifth inning, and it started when right fielder- if you can even call him that anymore- Corey Hart picked up a base hit off the bat of David Freese. But, Hart promptly let it roll past him, and allowed Matt Holliday, who’d been on first, advance to third.
But that wasn’t even close to the worst of it. On the next play, third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. botched what would have been a double play by letting it bounce of his glove. He then tried to make up for his mistake by shoveling the ball to second baseman Rickie Weeks, but it went in between Weeks’ legs, and had to be recovered by shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. It was literally the ugliest defense I had ever seen.
But, after the ball went through Weeks’ legs, I simply sat there laughing, and thought to myself- I actually thought these guys were going to win the World Series?
Don’t get me wrong here. The Brewers had one of their best season in decades. They racked up a franchise record 96 wins, had the best starting pitching they had in years, and so on and so forth.
But I think they just got too comfortable, and I’m talking about the team as a whole when I say that. I loved “Beast Mode,” but it really made them look pretty stupid when they were getting the crap beaten out of them. But one thing that really comes back and makes the team look stupid is the tweeting of Nyjer Morgan back in September. Following a loss to the Cardinals, he went on Twitter and started making fun of how the Cardinals would be watching the Brewers while they were in the playoffs. I’ll admit it was sort of funny at the time, but I have a feeling when he said that the Cardinals watching the Brewers in the playoffs, he meant at home- not in the opposing dugout. But the Cards got an up-close and personal look at how bad the Brewers’ defense really is.
I also have something to say about Ron Roenicke, but I’ll save that for tomorrow- I’m pretty limited on time right now.
Anyway, before I go, I just want to talk about something that happened to me on Twitter last night. So I came across this tweet by some Cardinals radio talk show host (at least that’s who I think he was). He said something like along the lines of “only two states in the country have more than 60% of their baseball fans saying that the Rangers are going to win game 1. Texas, and Wisconsin. How cute.” (That wasn’t exactly the tweet, but that’s the point he was making.) I get infuriated by these types of tweets, so, out of mostly anger, I replied with something like, “You really expected us to cheer for the Cardinals? What planet are you from?” But, instead of replying to me and telling me how he felt, he re-tweeted me to his 5,000 or so followers, so I was getting hated on by conceited St. Louis idiots, who clearly didn’t know a thing about baseball, for the next hour. But it was amusing enough, I guess.
I’ve only met one classy Cards fan all year. The rest have pretty much been scum who gave up on their team in August, then came back and started bragging again after they clinched the Wild Card. And the Cards are supposed to have the best fan base in baseball. That really got exposed this year.
Anyway, my point is I’m not cheering for a team whose manager called me and the rest of Brewers fans “idiots.” That isn’t the way the world goes round. The reason I say that is because one of the haters accused me of having no NL pride. Why should I have pride in a manager who tries to make jabs at my favorite team and its fanbase all year?