Friday, October 28, 2022

2022 World Series Tale Of The Tape

"I have nothing against this team, but I don't see anything that stands out that'll help them this postseason. Bryce Harper is going to do his thing, and I've seen Kyle Schwarber carry a team with his bat, but outside of that, I don't see a long postseason run here." - Me, about the Phillies when I did my postseason rankings
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why I don't bet my hard earned money on sporting events! At least my comment about Bryce Harper was ambiguous enough to prevent me from looking like a total fool!
It's your classic David vs. Goliath match-up - In one corner, the #1 seed in the AL, and AL Champions in 4 of the past 6 World Series, the Houston Astros. In the other corner, the #6 seed in the NL, a team that hadn't even made the postseason since 2009, and placed 3rd in their own division, the Philadelphia Phillies. Since my team isn't there, who do I root for? There's lots of factors to consider, so let's see who has the edge:

Former Red Sox Players

Astros: Christian Vazquez
Phillies: Kyle Schwarber

If I can't root for my Red Sox, I can at least root for the guys who used to play there. Kyle Schwarber will go down as one of the best half-season pickups in Red Sox history, but Christian Vazquez was at the time of his trade the most tenured member of the Red Sox roster and a valued member of the 2018 Championship team.

Advantage: Astros

Shenandoah Valley Baseball League Alumni

Astros: none
Phillies: Chris Devenski
Another year without anyone who played in my local summer league involved. Oh well, at least former All-Star Chris Devenski, who pitched a whopping 4 innings for Philadelphia this year, would earn a token ring if the Phillies won.

Advantage: Phillies

University of Virginia Cavaliers Alumni

Astros: none
Phillies: none
Go Wa-hoos! Living a short drive from Charlottesville, I've gone to a few UVa baseball games. Once again, neither team earns an advantage because they don't employ any past Cavaliers. (Sorry, Phillies, you just had to trade away Adam Haseley before the season started, didn't you?)
Advantage: None!

Championship Drought

Astros: 4 years
Phillies:13 years
In the grand scheme of Championship droughts, 13 years isn't really that long of a time between championships (unless you're a Yankees fan...) Still, it beats the Astros, who are only 4 years removed from their last World Series *cough* win...

Advantage: Phillies

Personal Connection

Other than an appreciation of Nolan Ryan and the old rainbow jerseys, I got nothing for Houston. I've at least been to Philadelphia, seen Lenny Dykstra from afar signing autographs in a mall, and ate an authentic cheese steak sandwich.
Advantage: Phillies

Spring Training Adventures

I've seen both teams play during my trips to Spring Training, but the Astros are the only team that I got a signed ball from. The one time I went to the Phillies' Spring Training site in Clearwater, FL was the year Bryce Harper signed with them, and he had to go and get hurt right before the game we attended...

Advantage: Astros

Final Talley: Phillies 3, Astros 2
Here's hoping David slays Goliath! To be honest though, if the Astros win, I'll be happy for their manager Dusty Baker. As long as it's exciting baseball I'll be happy!

1 comment:

  1. Outside of some diehard Phillies fans... I'm guessing only a small percentage of people put money down on Philadelphia. I know I was thinking Dodgers... or maybe Atlanta personally. But I'm super happy to see Philly beat the odds (would have been happier had SD won). Go Phillies!