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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Delighting in the misfortunes of others is evil.
Being happy that someone lost their job is not compassionate.
I am apparently both evil, and cold-hearted.
Oh, yeah, I already knew that.

Wendell Kim has been let go...

... and All Cubdom Rejoiced!

The Story

Life in the big-leagues is tough. It is not for those with thin skin, and it is not for those without the perserverance to get back up off the mat when you've been knocked down. I trust Wendell Kim will catch on with someone else, but I hope not as a third base coach.

The opposite is also, unfortunately, true for some individuals. The recent death of Ken Caminiti is a sad reminder that some individuals cannot cope with the enormous pressures to succeed in the bigs. Caminiti's early death, and public admission that he used steroids to improve his performance will hopefully deter players from believing that steroids are a wise decision to get an 'edge'. All actions in life have their consequences, and some consequences aren't particularly pleasant.

Completely changing topics: The Astros won their first post-season series in team history last night. ESPN ran a graphic stating that the Astros tied the Brooklyn Dodgers for the most playoff appearances before winning a series (8). So, despite my utter hatred for the Astros, congratulations. Unfortunately for my October team, the Braves lost their 4th NLDS in 5 tries since 2000, and haven't been to the World Series since 1999.

As far as Clairvoyance is concerned, I ended up hitting the NL matchups right on the head (we won't talk about the AL). For the NLCS, I foresee a Cardinals victory in 6 games. I explained it to my friends Matt and Brad this way: The Cardinals are better than the Astros. They are markedly better than the Astros, but they aren't 4 times as good as the 'stros... so therefore they will win in 6... and that's how I am going to explain it here. The Cardinals are twice as good as the Astros, not 4 times as good. (By the way, I've still got the Cardinals beating their AL foes in the Series... 6 games if NY, 7 games if Boston... Manny misplays something off the Monster.

In the AL, I am going to predict a Yankees win in 6 games. Although we have already established that I don't know anything about the AL, I think the Yanks will beat the Sox... as they do every time, but I don't think we'll be blessed with a 7 game series this year... so it has to be six, because a 5 game series would be too dominant a showing by one team, and a sweep would be too far out of character for either team.

As far as what I want? I want the Cardinals to sweep the Astros... I hate the Astros so much... and in the AL, I don't want the Red Sox to win a World Series... so I guess I'll be cheering for Armageddon.

Posted by Byron at October 12, 2004 4:41 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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