You know on election night, sometimes they call certain races with less than 1% of precincts reporting?
On the surface it seems unfair. You can say “Hey! How do you know who won until you’ve read EVERY ballot.”
But there is the practicality. If a drag queen is running in Salt Lake City… or a Bible thumping “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” loon is running in the Castro district of San Francisco… I think you can make a fair assessment after looking at the first few ballots. You know they don’t have a chance.
And that brings us to the Phillies/Reds series.
It’s not even the 5th inning yet of the FIRST GAME… and I’m calling it.
I predicted a sweep and guess what? It might not even go to three games. They may have to say “Screw it, just play game 2 in Cincinnati so the fans have something to cheer for and just send the Phillies to the NLCS.”
It’s not even an official game yet and the Phillies are smacking the Reds pitching around while Roy Halladay hasn’t let up a base runner yet.
I’ve seen enough ballots.
I’m calling this race over.
I bet even Walter Mondale would watch this game and say “Christ, even I put up a FIGHT!”
The Rangers went into today’s game with a grand total of one post season win in their history.
Now they have two.
To understand how insane that is to double a team’s post season success in one day, just imagine if the Yankees played a post season game… and in the process won the World Series 27 times in that day.
Thus the storied history of the Rangers just got some story to it!
Equally nutty… the Rangers scored more than twice as many runs in today’s game as they scored in the 1998 and 1999 Division Series combined.
Actually Bengie Molina matched the post season home run and RBI totals of the 1998 and 1999 squads today.
This is why they got Cliff Lee. So much for home field advantage in the Division Series.
Now don’t forget. They won Game 1 in 1996 against the Yankees as well… and they didn’t win another post season game until this afternoon.
Game 2 is arguably the biggest game in the history of the Rangers.
And let me ask again… are you excited, Rangers fans?
I wonder how many of those tickets were free.