The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Still here

No - I didn't forget about the blog. Just got a little busy this week with work and being at games 3, 4, and 5. Since then I've either been resting, under the weather, or both. There will be a lot more to come this week to wrap up the series, preview the offseason, and talk about the Marlins' bandwagon (which is currently so bursting at the seams that there will be three celebratory parades in town on Tuesday (two in Miami and one boat parade in Fort Lauderdale).

Before I go, a few quick thoughts...

A lot was made about the Marlins eliminating the Yankees last night and how this was such a rare feat. However, it didn't strike me as such. The Yankees have appeared in the World Series 39 times - winning 26 and coming up short 13 times (a pretty impressive record, no doubt). Since I haven't looked it up, lets assume that Yankees have played half of their World Series games at home (I would imagine it would be close - in a good year, they might get 4 games at home, in a bad year they could have as few as two...). Assuming that it's pretty even, you would expect that about half of the time they Yankees were eliminated from the World Series, it would have happened at home. 13 World Series series losses times 50% equals 6.5. Last night's elimination at the hands of the Marlins was their seventh World Series elimination at Yankee Stadium. To me this sounds like another way to make more out of the Yankees mystique than really exists. Yes, you have to go all the way back to 1981 for the last time the Yankees were eliminated at home from the postseason (World Series and otherwise). But between 1981 and 1996 the Yankees weren't in the playoffs a whole lot, in fact they were pretty bad to average. It's tough to be eliminated from the playoffs when you're not even in them (ask the Marlins - who have never lost a postseason series in their eleven year history).

Also, more importantly, for those of you watching the post-game celebrations on your televisions outside of the South Florida area, please don't think we're all outside banging on pots and pans and riding around town in pickup trucks with giant roosters in the back. Yes, I have seen both of these things with my own eyes - both outside of my apartment and on local television broadcasts (my personal favorite was a man with a Corona and a newspaper headline in each hand and full catcher's gear adorning his body). We Floridians are not all like this. Yes, some of us screwed up the 2000 Presidential election, and yes, some of us celebrate World Series victories by driving around town banging whatever we could find in our kitchen with giant roosters following us along, but not all of us. In fact, most of us down here don't even get the pots and pans things (and frankly, I'm beginning to think I shouldn't assume that everyone in Morgantown, West Virginia lites fire to their couches after every night game the Mountaineers participate in just because the media makes it seem that way on television. Sure there are some wackos in Miami and Morgantown, but there are a few normal people who are extremely happy that the Marlins won, but that can contain themselves at the same time.


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