I hope you get your wishWow! A Padres-Phillies NLCS! That's gonna be fun. They both seem equally matched. The Padres will have home-field advantage, but I can see the Phillies being slightly healthier and more determined. So you never know...
I really, REALLY want the World Series to be either Guardians vs Padres, or Guardians vs Phillies. Seeing Tito return to the WS would be awesome, and I wouldn't mind if either the Padres or the Phillies won the pennant.
I'll bet a lot of us here are hoping for one of those matchups.I hope you get your wish
But the spin is that there’s a sizable chunk of Yankee fans who still think signing one or both of those two was somehow their birthright, so this matchup will stir up even more anger around that.The only thing I don't like is that two of my least-favorite players will be squaring off: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
I concur.Proving once again that "just getting to the playoffs and see what happens" isn't the worst plan.
Cardinals, right? Like 84 or something a decade or so ago?I concur.
Last year's Braves come to mind. While they finished in 1st in the NL west, they won 88 games I think?
What's the fewest games a team has won in a full season, and gone on to win it all?
In 2004, the Red Sox beat the MFY 4-3 in the ALCS (in fact, today is the 18th anniversary of the 19-8 game, setting the stage for the greatest four-day stretch in Red Sox history). That was, to some, the signature moment of destiny for the organization, even before the World Series sweep.Philly and SD seem like well-matched opponents. Should be a good series. I think Philly might be the team of destiny, though.
I was hoping someone would say this. I don't want to be hyperbolic, but last night was the most important victory in Padres history for a generation. Maybe ever.In 2004, the Red Sox beat the MFY 4-3 in the ALCS (in fact, today is the 18th anniversary of the 19-8 game, setting the stage for the greatest four-day stretch in Red Sox history). That was, to some, the signature moment of destiny for the organization, even before the World Series sweep.
Last night was that moment for the Padres.
The 2006 Cardinals went 83-78, which is the worst ever record for a World Series champion. The 1973 Mets (the first team I remember rooting for) went 82-79 to be the worst team ever to reach the World Series.Cardinals, right? Like 84 or something a decade or so ago?
(83, and it was 16 years ago!)
It makes it even more remarkable to consider that the Red Sox won four titles in a span of 15 seasons.The 2013-2022 Dodgers are basically the 1995-2004 Braves - always in first place, always a great regular season team, but with only one title to show for all that. Not that that's bad. In any 10-game stretch, no fewer than 2/3 of MLB's teams WON'T win ANY championships, but still, when you're basically the best team in baseball year in and year out, and only win it all one time, that HAS to be considered a major disappointment for Dodger fans, I'd think.
Wow... 111 wins and don't even make the NLCS. Crazy. At least the 116-win Mariners made it to the ALCS (though to be fair, there's one more step in the process these days, but still).
Machado aside, it’s hard not to pull for the Padres and their fans. San Diego has never won anything (unless you count indoor soccer or the ‘63 AFL title). And they’ve lost not just games but franchises to LA. That city is, um, due.Gotta admit I was pulling for the Dodgers: Betts, Roberts, and the only player in MLB from Wyoming (Nimmo). Plus the hatred towards Machado.
But as the series went on, I found myself ambivalent, and kinda rooting for the Padres and their fans. There was some great energy in the crowd tonight, and that's good for baseball.
The "Beat LA" chants helped.