Realignment: Then we could see the Brewers every day!
Let’s be honest. Brutally. Smack you with lightning honest for a sec, k? ALE is, unequivocally, the Goliath of baseball, clubbing down other divisions with its caveman stick.
And I’m not just talking the Brewers that got brewed (even though, we had 14 hits off them, and they are FIRST in their division… did that FEEL like a first-in-their-division team to anyone? Of course… we’re ones to talk… ahem, White Sox, ahem). I’m being general in my generalization.
We’ve got the Yankees (and, with underworld minions on their side, they occasionally kick ass), the weirdly lucky Tampa, those vengeful Blue Jays. The Orioles do. Not. Stand. A. Chance. I would feel sorry for them. You know. If it weren’t for Buck Showalter.
But seriously, think about it.
There’s all this talk of realignment. Interesting discussion, especially in a sport that still uses its original wooden bats.
Would it give these little teams a fighting chance?
When you hit at the level the Stanks and the Sox have been hitting, it doesn’t matter where you are.
But for teams like the Marlins and the Orioles, teams that just can’t get a break, it could give them a push and better play-off odds.
Plus, attendance is down across the board- UNLESS a popular team comes to town. The Red Sox hit Atlanta? You can’t buy tickets fast enough. I’ve seen this first hand in Charlotte with the AAA Knights. Empty seats. Then the PawSox come to town? Stadium fills. Good for business. If realignment made for more variety, it might up attendance at small-market parks.
The consensus by those experts seems to be 15 and 15, 15 National League to 15 American League, meaning a nat. leaguer will have to switch. I am voting for the Brewers (aren’t they fun to play?) but it’s probably going to be something lame like Texas.
There are lots of ideas out there, and clearly I need to educate myself on the issue… but it’s something worthy of comment discussion. Seriously, it’s “simple math” that means it’s easier for an American League team to make it to the World Series than a National League team. Is that fair? Or is that just the way the cookie crumbles?
So, hit the comments and tell me what you think, because I’m genuinely curious.
I wish North Carolina cared.
You know, we should realign around who I like to play. We could play the Brewers. And the Cubs. And the Marlins! Oh, and the Mets! Wow. You know, if we just hopped the fan van to the National League, we would kick ass. And have you seen Beckster hit a homer? It’s sexy.
Oh. Right. John Lackey.
But, seriously, move the Orioles to the Nat. League so they can pretend to be winners again.