My take on the latest Major League Baseball playoff system: Each team in each league has 162 games to play. How can any substantiation exist in which a team that even finishes second in the league plays in the World Series?
Every team has streaks and slumps. The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals had an amazing streak at the end, and that was great – but they came in fourth in wins in the National League at the end of the regular season. The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees should have played in the World Series because they had the best regular seasons – period.
Now, even sports is affected/afflicted by the political correctness that our society now practices, by giving second chances. Many times, this skew of equity in the name of “everyone deserves another chance” results in the real winner being relegated to an also-ran. In the end, St. Louis’ 101-total win season eclipsed Philadelphia’s 104-total win season. And, merely for the record, St. Louis played 13 more games than Philadelphia did to attain that three-win deficit!
Why should the 162-game major-league season – budding in April, spanning the entire summer to September’s end – be reduced to a footnote at best by the middle of October? Why must the marathon winner in each league risk their respective championship to a sprint with lesser also-rans who, at season’s end, had numbers (instead of the enviable row of dots or dashes) in their “games behind” columns in the newspaper box scores?
There is a certain beauty in the purity of sports that is deeply rooted in morality and justice. Carving up each league into divisions for the sake of second chances perfectly illustrates how creative greed can spawn the justification of allowing the root of all evil to permeate and bastardize America’s pastime.