Blue versus Red…

Blue meet Red, Red meet Blue…




The American League and National League Championship Series will feature Blue versus Red albeit different shades of blue…and red.  My choices for the World Series reside exclusively in the land of Blue…






Of course I am going to pull for the Yankees.  I’ve been doing it for 35 years, so there’s no reason to change now!



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FOX Sports released the ALCS Schedule today:


American League Championship Series


Angels vs. Yankees
Series tied 0-0

Game 1: Angels at Yankees, Friday, Oct. 16, 7:57 p.m. ET, FOX

Game 2: Angels at Yankees, Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:57 p.m. ET, FOX

Game 3: Yankees at Angels, Monday, Oct. 19, 4:13 p.m. ET, FOX

Game 4: Yankees at Angels, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:57 p.m. ET, FOX

Game 5: Yankees at Angels (if nec.), Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:57 p.m. ET, FOX

Game 6: Angels at Yankees (if nec.), Saturday, Oct. 24, 4:13 p.m. ET, FOX

Game 7: Angels at Yankees (if nec.), Sunday, Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX




Game 6 would move to 7:57 pm ET if the NLCS is over.


I will be in New York City on Saturday, but unfortunately, I won’t get there in time to go the Bronx.  It’s a business trip so no pleasure, but it will still be fun to watch Game 2 highlights from a New York perspective.



The Yankees are considering a three-man rotation, which would be CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Andy Pettitte.  The 7th through 9th innings would belong to the trio of Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Mariano Rivera.  Chad Gaudin and Alfredo Aceves would be available for long relief if necessary.  I feel better with Chamberlain in the bullpen, so naturally I am in favor of the shortened rotation.







I am hoping that this is the year the Yankees finally avenge their ouster from the 2002 ALDS at the hands of the eventual champion Angels.





By the way, I heard Derek Jeter call the Angels “Anaheim” so it’s good to know that I am not the only one that has trouble saying Los Angeles Angels.  Heck, I think they should go back to California Angels.  It’s not like LA is going to claim anything in Orange County as their own…





In the National League Championship Series, I have to side with Joe Torre and Don Mattingly.  I understand Julia’s reluctance to pull for any team that has Manny Ramirez on its roster, but the other guys in blue are a deserving crew.  It’s not that I don’t think the Phillies deserve to be where they are, but I’d prefer to see a Dodgers-Yankees World Series. 


National League Championship Series


Phillies vs. Dodgers
Series tied 0-0

Game 1: Phillies at Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 15, 8:07 p.m. ET, TBS

Game 2: Phillies at Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 16, 4:07 p.m. ET, TBS

Game 3: Dodgers at Phillies, Sunday, Oct. 18, 8:07 p.m. ET, TBS

Game 4: Dodgers at Phillies, Monday, Oct. 19, 8:07 p.m. ET, TBS

Game 5: Dodgers at Phillies (if nec.), Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8:07 p.m. ET, TBS

Game 6: Phillies at Dodgers (if nec.), Friday, Oct. 23, 8:07 p.m. ET, TBS

Game 7: Phillies at Dodgers (if nec.), Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:07 p.m. ET, TBS





Here is my order of preference for World Champions:


1.   New York Yankees

2.    Los Angeles Dodgers

3.    Philadelphia Phillies

4.    Los Angeles Angels


I’m sorry, Julia, there seems to be a team missing.  I know, that’s mean.  But c’mon, she did, after all, burn the ‘Yankees are better!’ sign…



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This year’s World Series Champion will feature at least one past (or hopefully present) Yankee.  The Angels include Juan Rivera and Bobby Abreu, the Dodgers include Jeff Weaver (aside from the aforementioned Torre and Mattingly), and the Phillies include Miguel Cairo.  Interesting.  But of course, you could say the same thing about Julia’s team.  The ex-Red Sox include Pedro Martinez (Phillies), Manny Ramirez (Dodgers), Johnny Damon (Yankees), and Darren Oliver (Angels).  I am sure that there are plenty of other variations, but any way you slice it, this is a great year for the AL and NL Championship Series.  In my mind, baseball got it right.  The four best teams in the league this year meet to decide the ultimate champion.  It doesn’t get any better than that…





Good luck to all the teams, but I’ll close with GO BLUE!





  1. juliasrants

    Yes, there is a team missing. 😦 But you know, it was very therapeutic to have a ritual burning of things that were bringing negative energy to my life! I would like to see Joe Torre and Don Mattingly win – I always respected those 2 men – so maybe they can just lose Manny somewhere along the way. And Scott – I think you need to qualify your statement – “The four best teams THIS YEAR are in the WS”! Only a fan for 35 years – You “bandwagon” fan you! 😉 Have a great trip to NY. You’re not worried about jinxing your guys by being in the same state with them are you? LOL!


  2. Jane Heller

    I still call the Angels “Anaheim” too. LOL. And it’s funny about rooting for Blue Teams. I always have and still do. I know the task ahead for the Yanks won’t be easy, but I’m heartened by the fact that they did take it to the Angels in that last series and got the (rallly) monkey off their backs. So fingers crossed. Have a good trip to NY.

  3. greg1969

    I still think of the Angels as the California Angels! “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”… HUH? What genius came up with THAT mouthful?

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