OK… I’ve made my predictions and those were what I THINK will happen.
What do I WANT to happen this October?
Well, that is pretty clear.
AL WILD CARD
I want the Twins to clobber the Yankees. I want to be a shutout. I want it to be over early and the place to be half empty by the end.
NL WILD CARD
I have no ill will for either the Diamondbacks nor Rockies. But I wouldn’t mind seeing post season ball at the wacky place known as Coors Field.
AL DIVISION SERIES
I want the Red Sox to sweep the Astros. I want it over quickly and have Chris Sale ready to pitch as MANY GAMES AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE!
I love the underdog story of the Twins, but I really really REALLY like this Indians team and Francona. I will have a hard time rooting against them. I also don’t want to see Kluber in Game 1 of the ALCS so I want Indians in 5.
NL DIVISION SERIES
Friend of the podcast Sean Doolittle is newly married and ready to close the deal. The Cubs and their fans had their fun last year. I want Washington to advance in 3.
I like the Dodgers (hell, 2004 ALCS hero Dave Roberts is the skipper) and I would like to see the monkey off the back of Clayton Kershaw. I have no ill will to the Rockies (or D-Backs) but I want this clinched at home for LA so I want Dodgers in 5.
I want the Red Sox in the World Series. If the Red Sox are in the ALCS, I want a 4 game sweep and a celebration at Fenway Park. I can not make that clearer. (If it is Indians vs. Astros, I would want the Indians in 6 so they could celebrate in Cleveland.)
Washington has not seen a World Series since 1933 when the Senators lost to the Giants. I want to see a pile with Sean Doolittle on the bottom and Dusty Baker being celebrated. I want Nationals in 5. (If it is Dodgers and Cubs, then I want the Dodgers in 6.)
In case I was vague. I am a Red Sox fan. I want to see the Red Sox win the World Series. If the Red Sox are in the World Series, even against friend of the podcast Sean Doolittle and the Nationals, I WANT THE RED SOX TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES AND DO SO IN 4 GAMES. (If it is Cleveland vs. Washington as I am predicting, I would want the Nationals to win but be happy for either team. Washington against anyone else, I want Washington. Cleveland against anyone else, I want Cleveland.)
What I WANT is always more important to me than being right about a prediction.