The American League likes to make things exciting, don't they? First, Cleveland and the Yankees battle all the way to the 11th in a game that offered a good argument for government deregulation of DDT (see here for references to "sacrifice flies" and "the Sultan of Swat" that aren't hackneyed). And then the Red Sox and Angels don't decide things until the bottom of the 9th. Thrilling! The best part of the contest in Boston was the classy way Manny Ramirez rounds the bases no matter how important a homer he clouts is. Just as always, he put his head down and sprinted the circuit as fast as he could.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that Cleveland and Boston will face off in the ALCS. That's the kind a guy I am – I make bold predictions. Just like Frank Thomas the other night on TBS when he prognosticated that the Cubs/D-Backs game would be decided by the bullpens. No one but a 2-time MVP could have seen that coming. Anyway, if the Red Sox play the Tribe, I want the mayors to bet something interesting for a change. How about if the Carmines lose, the Boston mayor has to drink a cup of Cuyahoga River water, and if the Indians fall, the Cleveland mayor has to take a dip in Boston Harbor? It will be just like The Deer Hunter, but more fun. -KD