I’ve said it before — October is the best time of the year for sports fans.
Weekends mean college football games on Saturday afternoons and ever-popular National Football League games just about all day Sunday. Pre-season hockey and basketball have started, but don’t bother me about them — Major League Baseball’s divisional playoff games will be the main events on my television this weekend.
I’m glad to see a classic World Series shaping up, because four teams with long histories are in the mix. The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers will play for the National League pennant, and the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox will compete for the American League title. I’m sure the people at Fox Sports, who will televise most of the post season, were relieved when some teams were ousted. It might have been hard to promote a Pittsburgh Pirates-Oakland Athletics World Series. I’m kind of hoping for a Tigers-Cardinals series, myself.
It’s a sentimental choice. My favorite Series of all time was the 1968 edition, when I was a passionate, 13-year-old fan of the Tigers and pitchers Denny McLain and Mickey Lolich, outfielder Al Kaline and first baseman Norm Cash. The Tigers beat the Cards 4 games to 3 in a Series during which Lolich won three games.
The Tigers and Cards hooked up for the 2006 Series, but it was both regrettable and forgettable for Detroit fans. The Cardinals won it, 4-1. The Tigers also made it to the finals last year, but San Francisco made a sweep of the proceedings.
I am generally an Orioles fan these days, but Baltimore will not return to the Series until next year. So for now — Go Detroit! And if the Red Sox play the Cardinals, that won’t be too bad either — the ‘67 Cardinals-Sox series was also one of my favorites.
But please — let’s keep the Dodgers out of it.