When the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series, it was the last post season highlight for an NL Central Champion for a while.
The 2007 Cubs were swept by the Diamondbacks.
The 2008 Cubs were swept by the Dodgers.
The 2009 Cardinals were swept by the Dodgers.
The 2010 Reds were swept by the Phillies.
But the 2011 Brewers have put a big fat W on the board! (No offense Prince Fielder.)
Actually the Brewers are the only NL Central team to win a playoff game since 2006… they did so in 2008 as the Wild Card team against the eventual World Champion Phillies.
The AL Central hasn’t fared well either.
Since the Indians took a 3-1 lead on the Red Sox in the 2007 ALCS, the AL Central has lost 13 out of 14 games.
The 2007 Indians lost its last 3 against the Red Sox.
The 2008 White Sox lost to the Rays in 4.
The 2009 and 2010 Twins were swept by the Yankees.
And the 2011 Tigers are down 0-1 to the Yankees.
You want to build up baseball interest in middle America?
Here’s a tip.
Win a few games when they matter.