The Filibuster

Once again the wild card teams come out of the east and once again
there’s a good chance we’ll have an all east coast World Series.  Don’t
you get sick of watching the same teams over and over?
 
Larry

Cleveland, OH
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Achtung, dear readers!  Once again, Larry presents us with a classic case of can’t-live-with-‘em-can’t-live-without-em-itis — a taxing condition so prevalent that it has infected the hearts and minds of rural and metro US Americans left of the east coast for over a century!

Yankees, Red Sox, Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox… bla bla bla…

Yes, it’s annoying.  I know.  Except that this year it’s not Yankees, Red Sox, Yankees, Red Sox bla bla bla.

It’s the Rays!  It’s the Braves!  And no Red Sox!

So
what if the Yankees are in there?  And the Phillies.  Hell, the
Phillies are the best team in baseball right now.  Post season
no-hitters?  Crushing offense?  Isn’t that what we want?

Placing
all biased pride aside, do you remember how many people were watching
the 2006 World Series that featured two historic midwestern teams?  What
about the 2002 pairing of two California clubs?  Or how about the
mostly-forgotten 1997 classic featuring your very own Tribe? 

Exactly.

People (the same collective “people” who seem to think Armageddon
is “great film”) don’t remember, because people (the same “people” who
define NASCAR as an actual sport) don’t care; and people (yes, the same
“people” who consider McDonald’s to be authentic American cuisine) don’t
care, because no one has told them that they should care.

Which brings us to the main culprit: a centralized power of all-things media, also known as mind control, rooted in New York.

Through
tecnocratic ways not yet fully understood, New York has convinced we
the people that if New York isn’t involved, then it’s not worth caring
about.  So, naturally, our press reflects that. 

No east coast clubs?  Fine.  No glitz.  No pomp.  Barely a modicum of circumstance.

Personally, I’m okay with that.  Because such buzz, it breeds emotion.  Gets people talking.  Forces people to care.

And for a sport lovingly labeled as our national pastime — one that has
had plenty of public relations gaffes threaten its integrity over the
last few decades — caring about the game is all that really matters.

Like
most non east coast elite, I have no love for the headline-hoggin’ high
profile teams that tend to bandwagon in October; but I know that their
existence is nothing but good for the game.

We need the Yankees.  We need the Red Sox. 

The post season needs the east coast elite.

Because US America needs an enemy.

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Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

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***Photographic evidence of Mr. Krause casting a Tea Party vote also welcome (it’s possible).

7 Comments

Bitter. So bitter. If the Cardinals were in the playoffs but there was nobody there to see them, would they really be in the playoffs? Just an existential question!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

The bigger question is why in the world would someone from Cleveland even contemplate one of their teams would be in the mix unless it’s in a movie…

-peter

Phillies Outside

Jane — You make an excellent point, to which I have no witty comeback ;-)
Peter — Also a great points… unless you don’t count the Indians playoff teams of the 90s and 2000s.
–Jeff

Nice of you to mention the Mets; inappropriate and out-of-context as it was.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/
http://princeofny.blogspot.com/

Yea…us East Coasters suck! I have an idea. Be Better! Or would you like the Pacific Coast League back so you can take in a Portland Beaver game? Quit your whining and run a better club. And Jeff, you know me by now, I’m a champion of the small clubs even though I root for one of the Monsters. Without the smaller clubs let’s face it, there would still be MLB. Cleveland partly dominated the 90’s through good decision making, great drafting and sound financial maneuvering. Now what? I hate the fact too many teams live for the revenue sharing. I’d prefer ALL teams were on firm financial footing with an ability to compete on the field, at the gate and in the standings. But can we be honest here?
Baseball is over-expanded. And while we’re being honest, too bad the Mayflower didn’t land on the Left Coast. Being the establishment gets choppy sometimes. Jeff, you just finished reading me ripping the Yanks a new one concerning money matters. I just don’t like a whiner! Whoa is me.

..that was for him BTW..not u. NY media bias? I know it exists and it’s thick. But I could care less. That comes with living here I gues.

it does get a bit old… but i guess that shows how dominant teams are? I dunno, it’s nice to see a change once in awhile!

hope you’re enjoying the postseason!!

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

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