The Boston Red Sox finished off the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night by a score of 5-2 and thus sending them to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Out of the 10 teams that made it to the playoffs, the two that I least wanted to see will participate in this year’s Fall Classic. You could argue they were the best two teams in baseball this year, as they both tied for the best record at 97-65 and Boston gets home field advantage due to the All Star Game. Sure, if you’re a Cardinals fan or Red Sox fan, you’re excited to see this. Some MLB fans, however, such as this one, are sick of both teams.
This 109th World Series is going to feature two teams looking to become the first in the 21st century to win three World Series Championships. Seriously, whatever happened to parity? From 2001-2010, only one team won it all twice, that being the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. Since then, however, it has all gone downhill. In the 2010s decade, a total of five teams have participated in the World Series.
This is getting NBA bad. Maybe even worse. Heck, since 2010, six teams have participated in the NBA Finals. In the last 10 seasons, dating back to 2004, only one NLCS (2007) did not feature the Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies or San Francisco Giants. Those three teams have been to the World Series eight times and won five times. Even in the NBA last season, though neither team made it, we got to see the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers in the Conference Finals. Though neither team won, the Grizzlies were swept and the Pacers came one win shy of reaching the Finals.
It’s not too much better over in the American League. Since 2004, the Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers have been to the World Series seven times, winning twice. Six of those seven times those three teams faced the Giants or Cardinals in the World Series, with the lone exception being when Boston faced the Colorado Rockies in 2007.
A couple of years ago, I was against a salary cap. How times quickly change. MLB desperately needs one. The team with the 4th highest payroll, Boston, is facing the team with the 11th highest payroll, St. Louis.
Whether somebody loves Bud Selig or hates him, it would be next to impossible to deny his place in baseball history and the impact he has made on the game. He has taken the postseason and expanded it into eight teams and then later ten teams. He has added instant replay to the game, as well as drug testing and expansion into different markets. He created interleague play and then later made it a year round thing.
Yet, despite how innovative he has been, he has failed to implement a salary cap into the game.
It’s unthinkable for me to say this, as I could not have fathomed this before, but I am thinking about just not watching the Series altogether because neither team excites me. Normally after the final out of the World Series, I get sad, wishing the game I love so dearly would come back. Now this series can’t get over fast enough for my taste.
Part of me wishes Spring Training 2014 would get here already, but who is to say we won’t be dealing with the exact same song and dance next October, or the one after that?
The faster MLB gets a salary cap, then maybe we can start seeing fresh blood in the World Series again.