I live for this. October is the best month of the baseball season because the action in the playoffs is intense. The strike zone is tighter, each hit is more important, errors hurt much more and with every run your team scores you can taste the fruits of victory more and more. Do you realize that if the Yankees hadn?t won game 3 of the ALDS it would have been a record with four teams losing their respective series 3-0?
I am proud to see that the interest of the fans is so high. I again would like to congratulate Commissioner Selig on the Wild Card. A lot of people were against it, and most people did not understand why Bud Selig was pushing so hard for its inception. Now all you have to do is ask the fans from Colorado, Arizona, New York, Detroit, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Philadelphia? The list goes on and on for all the cities over the last few years that have remained in the playoff hunt through September. Do you realize that it is tougher to win the wild card than it is to win the division?
Commissioner Selig wanted to see parity in baseball. I believe we have achieved that. This will be the seventh year in a row with a new World Series Champion. Seven of the eight original playoff teams were different then the ones that qualified last year. If that?s not parity, what is? And who wins in that situation? The fans.
I would like to congratulate the original eight teams to qualify for the playoffs, and the four that have now advanced. I would also like to personally salute the managers and coaches for all their hard work and sacrifice. It has all paid off.