Before we have ourselves some turkey and mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. Lets chat about the “cold stove” of baseball at the moment and lets give you our beer ideas for Thanksgiving. I hope you all will enjoy.
The last pitch has been thrown, the last crack of the bat has dissipated, and the last pop of the glove has dissolved. The baseball season is finally over. Phillip and Andrew talk about highlights of the World Series and their favorites from the season. Also, important updates concerning the podcast and website. Of course, the beer will still be flowing but with a winter taste.
Before I let you all go, I leave you with this poem.
“[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.” – A. Bartlett Giamatti
The wait is finally over and there are only seven games left in the baseball season which means, The World Series. Phil and Andrew recap the “Home-Field Advantage” American League Championship Series and the “Quick but Painful” National League Championship Series, highlight the key factors for each team in the World Series, and go over Andrew’s version of expansion. Of course, the beer is flowing in this one so sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode while watching the World Series.
Expansion talk comes and goes but it’s back in the forefront. In a recent Baseball America article by Tracy Ringolsby, he states his version of a possible expansion of Major League Baseball, where Portland, Oregon would be the 31st city and Montreal, Canada would be the 32nd team and bringing back the Expos. He also talks about only having four 8-team divisions and a 12-team playoff system. I’m not not going to spoil it all for you, so here is the link…
But here is my expansion… (The Map is interactive)
A league that keeps the sub-leagues (AL and NL) and adds an extra division to each sub-league, making it four 4-team divisions. For the expansion cities, Montreal was a National League city before, they become one again, leaving Portland as the American League city. Also, I tried to keep rivalries and similar sub-league affiliations close. But with that, there had to be some major and minor changes with teams and placement, but unlike Ringolsby’s massive expansion.
- Miami: The decision to make Miami an American league team was easy; Their location to Tampa made them automatic rivals, they are the most southern team (the next two teams are Houston and Tampa), and two Texas and two Florida teams just works.
- Colorado: The other team that switched from NL to AL. It was difficult to make them a “West” team because the addition of Portland made it seven teams on the West Coast. Then the closest team to the West Coast was Arizona. Also, it’s easier for them to be a American League Central team because; A) they are near the center of America, B) Closest team/city is Kansas City, and C) would be odd to call them a “South” team.
- Detroit: The only founding team to switch leagues. Reason being that they had to be a National League team is because they were closer to the National League Central than Cleveland.
- Baltimore: Three reasons here. A) Baltimore’s true rival is Washington. B) Cleveland would be a hard sell to be a “South” team because of location. C) Drawing a line from Montreal to Baltimore, there are nine teams in that general area that are North of Baltimore (Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, two New York teams, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia).
- Cincinnati: When you look at the map, you are probably questioning why I have them as a South team. Not only because Detroit and Cleveland but before the actual expansions, they were historically a southern team (second to St. Louis).
Now how this would work. It is still a 162-game season, 57 games against divisional opponents (3 teams, 19 games each), 84 games against sub-league opponents (12 teams, 7 games each), and 21 interleague games (7 teams, 3 games each).
For the playoffs, Winners from each division, NO Wildcard. The seeding would be normal; best record as number one seed and so on and so forth. Postseason starts October 1st. Each series is a 7-game series. All series start on the same day, no stagger starts, i.e. NL games starts Oct. 1, AL games starts Oct. 2.
Every game seems like it has been down to the wire; same as this podcast. Keeping it simple this week. We are talking Division Series Recap and Championship Series Preview. Of course, the beer is flowing in this one so sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode while watching AMERICA’S PASTIME.
It’s October and one Wild Card game is done and another one tonight. Once that’s done, its Division Series action. The drama and excitement of baseball is alive and well, like Andrew’s taste buds when the flavor of pumpkin beer hits his tongue. Phil and Andrew breakdown piece by piece on each divisional series and how confident they are on there picks. Of course, the beer is flowing in this one so sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode while watching AMERICA’S PASTIME.
As the blistering cold winds come in, the leaves are turning color and falling off trees, the seasons are changing. The boys of summer are becoming the men of fall. Its time for MLB Playoffs and I’m sure it will be exciting. This week’s episode, Phil is back and is ready to break down the MLB Playoffs with his co-host Andrew. Of course, the beer is here.