We’ll take a break from regular programming for one more day to celebrate the end of the baseball season. It seems only fitting that we should take a look at what we learned from the World Series before we forget that it ever happened. After all, it wasn’t the most memorable series ever, as the TV ratings – the lowest ever – attest to.
Philadelphia is not a good place to play baseball in October.
Cole Hamels is going to be a star for a long time.
This team is not the Marlins – they have the talent and depth to be relevant for years to come.
Experience matters – this was far from the first time we have seen the less experienced team run out of gas when it matters.
Brad Lidge is a hell of a pitcher, but more importantly he is pretty much the mentally toughest guy there is. To put this year together after what happened to him in Houston is incredible. He deserves Cy Young consideration.
Joe Maddon shows flashes of genius, but they aren’t permanent. He made some awful decisions in game 5, part 2. He didn’t change pitchers when he should have, made a reliever hit or no good reason, and left his bats on the bench for far too long.
Pitching matters, but starting pitching depth isn’t crucial. The Rays had a far better rotation, but the Phillies had the ace, and the rest was good enough.
Tampa Bay has some work to do. They had a heck of a season, and they certainly deserved everything that they accomplished, but it wasn’t a coincidence that they got beat. They are a piece or two away from being a truly elite team. Maybe the interest in the team that this sparked will sell enough tickets to give them the payroll to add the bat or two that could help. A veteran star would make a big difference on and off the field.
Philly fans are hardcore. They had just won a much needed championship, but they were able to interrupt their joy to boo Bud Selig and the Rays. Always classy.
Bud Selig deserves to be booed.