Thank you, Cleveland Indians.
But I still think Bud Selig should consider my suggestion of league contraction. Delete that pesky New York Yankees organization, and we can avoid these playoff concerns altogether.
Other baseball thoughts:
1. Regular season? Still doesn't matter. Wake me up when September ends.
2. The wild card concept has won its fair share of support, but no one has noticed an unfortunate side effect. Say the Colorado Rockies lose the NLCS. What, exactly, can they claim to have won on their caps and T-shirts? The Cubs can say they won the NL Central. The Phillies can boast winning the NL East. And if the Diamondbacks were to lose this series, they can still advertise themselves as NL West champions.
But the Rockies, or any wild cards, are a bit screwed if they lose at this stage. They didn't win their division, and they aren't representing their league in the World Series. "2007 NLDS champions" is a bit lame, the emotional equivalent of "Whee, we were the wild card." Clearly, no one has considered this.
3. I find myself indifferent about the Red Sox ever since they won the World Series. I understand that their big-budget financial moves are a necessary matter of self-preservation, but don't be surprised if the Blue Jays, Orioles, and Devil Rays now have two voodoo dolls in their clubhouses. Without competitive balance, the whole division is a bit of a yawn now. I'm beginning to understand how basketball people at N.C. State must feel.
4. Go Indians! Beat the white man and take back your land! And heck, I'll root for Cleveland, too.