Last April, I asked several non-baseball “experts” to predict the post-season. To be one of my experts, the bar was set pretty high (or low depending upon which direction you’re looking). You simply needed to not know anything about baseball and not be a fan.
That April post is here: My Experts Predict the 2016 World Series
When one of my experts complained that he didn’t understand why the NEW YORK Giants were in the NL West, and I had to explain that the New York Giants played football, which is an entirely different sport, I had just the crack team of unpaid, uncaring experts that would make my predictions perfect.
When some of “my team” insisted that not only did they not know anything about baseball, but that they actively “hated” the sport, I knew I’d done well.
As the regular season came to a close yesterday, I want to commend my team of experts, because, quite frankly, they were often spot-on better than the paid baseball “experts” on TV, and on blogs, and in Twitter-ville.
Not to brag, but my guys are way better than your guys.
Who had the Red Sox winning the AL East?
Did you? Of course, you didn’t.
But, Clinton did.
Who had the Orioles in the Wild Card?
You didn’t. (I knew you were wrong about that, but you were being stubborn.)
Hats off to Lindsey. She knew. (So did I.)
(Lindsey’s daughter Sarah had the Braves in the Wild Card, which is sort of sweet. Wrong, but sort of sweet.)
And, while my other American League expert picks were off, you have to say, in many cases, not by much.
Parker had the Tigers. (The Tigers still had a shot until the 9th inning yesterday.)
Carol had the Mariners. (The Mariners were in it until late last week.)
And, sure, my National League experts could use some seasoning.
Jaz, who is a crow, picked the Marlins, who ultimately finished 3rd in the NL East.
But, then again, Jaz is a crow. (And, crows are notorious baseball haters and who can blame them? Orioles, Cardinals, Blue Jays? Ask a crow and they’ll tell you that they’re vastly superior to those featherweights and yet, baseball gives no love, and no team name, to the Crows. It’s baseball who’s wrong, not Jaz.)
And, maybe my National League human experts went with the Reds, Rockies, and Braves, three of the worst teams this season, because they just didn’t want to show up the crow.
And, sure, my cat (my cat!) ultimately picked the Rockies to beat the Orioles in the Series.
But, we always knew that wouldn’t happen. Not because of the Rockies (who ultimately finished 16 games back in the NL West). But, because, we always knew … this is our year. Right, Birdland?
Anyway, the post-season begins tomorrow. As I told my team of experts last April, if the team you chose wins the World Series there will be cookies baked in your honor.
C’mon Lindsey, you’re my expert and I’m rooting for you. Let’s Go Orioles!