Monday, October 17, 2011
Top 10 Worst World Series Matchups
The reasons? Unfairness on the part of the teams, for whatever reason.
You may notice that I have not included any World Series in which the Yankees played, despite the way Yankee ownership has occasionally treated its players, or the Yankees' refusal to play black players until 1955. You don't like that? Make your own list.
In each of these cases, I will be listing the American League team first, the National League team second.
10. 1992: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves. You build a stadium with a retractable roof, you put down real grass. And the Braves, of course, are supported mainly by Republican-voting rednecks -- even if then-owner Ted Turner is a big liberal, and John Rocker wasn't there yet.
9. 1991: Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves. Although one of the best-played Series ever, this was dome vs. rednecks. Deeply offensive.
8. 1974: Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Charlie Finley vs. Walter O'Malley.
7. 1986: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Mets. Ha! You were expecting me to make this one Number 1, weren't you?
6. 1990: Oakland Athletics vs. Cincinnati Reds. Steroids vs. Nazi bitch Marge Schott. Sorry, Lou Piniella and Paul O'Neill (and many of your teammates), you deserved it, but she didn't.
5. 1965: Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Calvin Griffith, who shouldn't have gotten to experience success so soon after moving from increasingly-black Washington to Minnesota "when we found out you only had 15,000 blacks here"; vs. Walter O'Malley.
4. 1988: Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Steroids vs. the O'Malley family.
3. 2011: Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals. The one we just got. Texas alone makes this one a contender, but the Rangers were once owned by George W. Bush, who sold the team to Tom Hicks, one of his big donors, who also nearly bankrupted the venerable soccer team Liverpool Football Club. And Cardinal owner Bill DeWitt is also a big conservative donor.
2. 2007: Boston Red Sox vs. Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are owned by brothers Charlie and Dick Monfort, big conservative donors. And, of course, this was the Red Sox at the height of their steroid-aided success.
1. 2004: Boston Red Sox vs. St. Louis Cardinals. Steroids vs. DeWitt. This was not the case when they played each other in 1946 or 1967.