We were all hoping for a Phillies-Astros World Series, right?
Actually, I probably have less regret over these two teams making it than most reading this. If the Padres made the World Series, we’d hear about how they went all-in at the deadline and it paid off with a World Series appearance, while the Mets did not and went home early. And the only thing worse than the Padres getting to the series and winning it all would be the Yankees.
No preference from me as to who wins. If the Phillies win, I’ll be happy for Bryce Harper, who’s a terrific player who people hate because … he has nice hair? If the Astros win, I’ll be happy for Dusty Baker, a terrific manager who makes a difference wherever he’s in the dugout. Yeah, yeah – I get it, he’s not the most advanced metrics friendly guy there is. But when it comes to a manager, my fealty is to winning games. I’ll take Baker over Tony LaRussa, 100 times out of 100, even if LaRussa has more credibility with the stat geeks. Or did he drink that credibility away?