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Monday, October 02, 2006

2006: The postmortem

So close and yet, so far...

Posting a preview was dumb enough, running those predictions every day of the season down the side of the blog? Even dumber.


Final standings: Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Orioles and Devil Rays
I said: Yanks, Sox, Jays, O's and Ray's

What went wrong: Sox drop the big set to the Yankees, weird stuff starts to happen, season catches fire and burns to ground. Jays sneak in behind corpse of a passable season. To be fair, I thought the Red Sox would be the Wild Card again this year.

Final standings: Twins, Tigers, White Sox, Indians Royals
I said: Sox, Tribe, Twins, Tigers Royals

What went wrong: The Tigers had a bad case of senioritis in the middle of August and the Twins forgot they were the Twins. Single-handedly the most fucked up division in baseball (but in a good way, not a NL West way. Seriously, find a single person who seriously thought the AL Central would shake out like this.)

Final standings: A's, Angels, Rangers and Mariners
I said: A's, Angels, M's and Rangers

What went wrong: I overvalued Seattle which under-performed. It was a perfect storm, kids. Not bad to pick the 1-2 though. And did so legitimately... not like the AL East.

Final standings: Mets, Phillies, Braves, Marlins and Nationals
I said: Braves, Mets, Nats, Phils and Fish

What went wrong: Atlanta hit the toilet this year, the Marlins were spunky and the Mets ran away with the East in early June if memory serves... what were the odds?

Final standings: Cardinals, Astros, Reds, Brewers, Pirates and Cubs
I said: Cards, Cubs, Brewers, Astros, Reds and Rats

What went wrong: Drank the Kool-Aid on the Cubs' lineup, Lee's broken wrist and about 100 other things. But really, was it that hard to pick the Cards?

Final standings: Padres, Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks and Rockies
I said: Dodgers, Pads, Giants, D-backs and Rockies

What went wrong: Man, one set wrong and the division goes to shit. I socould have had this one picked top to bottom if Grady Little could have squeezed out one more game... Techincally, they're tied, record-wise, right?

In all, not too bad, but some of those were gimmes (Yankees, Cards and Dodgers to a point) with the Braves and White Sox not winning out shocking everyone.

The lesson? Don't make any outrageous picks when you're going to be this stupid. At least safe picks will leave you some cover in October.


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