April 02, 2004

The Baseball Culture War

The 2004 baseball season (at least, the post-Japan segment) will get underway over the weekend, and so I thought I’d make my predictions now:

AL East: Yankees AL Central: Twins
AL West: Angels AL Wild Card: Red Sox
NL East: Phillies NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Padres NL Wild Card: Astros
ALDS: Yankees over Twins, Red Sox over Angels
NLDS: Cubs over Padres, Astros over Phillies
ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees, Astros over Cubs

World Series: And in a Massachusetts/Texas series that comes just two weeks before the Massachusetts/Texas presidential election, the Astros (along with old friends Roger Clemens, Jimy Williams, and Jeff Bagwell) will open the World Series in Boston, and the rooting interests of the country will coalescence along geopolitical lines.

An upset victory by the AL in the All-Star Game in Houston gives the Sox home field, and they get much more geographical advantage –and therefore more success- than John Kerry does. Pedro out-duels Clemens in Game 7 to give Boston its first championship in 86 years, and Boston is way too jubilant to care whether or not Kerry wins the election.

Posted by Stephen Silver at April 2, 2004 04:48 PM

And the Red Sox eclipsing the Mets record for futility this year will forever be remembered as the "Stephen Silver Jinx".

Posted by: Wes at April 3, 2004 12:28 AM

After Pedro's performance last night, care to revise anything?

Posted by: Bill McCabe at April 5, 2004 07:23 PM

Nah, Pedro always gets shelled on opening day, it's a Boston tradition.

Posted by: Stephen Silver at April 6, 2004 01:26 PM

Yes, but I do worry about his inability to crack 90 on the gun.

Posted by: Bill McCabe at April 6, 2004 10:27 PM

Phillies?N.L. East? It would be nice but I doubt it.

Posted by: Abe Haupt at April 7, 2004 02:00 AM
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