When the Reds aren't in the playoffs, my primary rooting interest is for whoever is playing the Yankees. It probably makes me shallow, but I always take a boyish delight in watching them go down. Perhaps the best reason for celebration tonight is that I won't have to listen to clips from John Sterling (almost certainly the most irritating play-by-play man in the history of sports) on XM Radio until next spring.
Have to say, I'm pretty excited about the remaining teams. Well, ok, I'm a bit "over" the BoSox. As far as I'm concerned, they're now just another rich team from the northeast.
But the Indians, Rockies, and Diamondbacks have a bunch of fun, young players that play good defense. The Indians and Rockies have a lot of thump in their lineups, while the Dbacks have a great ace starter/closer combination in Webb and Valverde. Should be a fun rest of the postseason, no matter who ends up winning their respective leagues.
Depending on time and interest, I may or may not profile the remaining three teams in the way I did the Indians, Angels, and Cubs. I have a few other things that I'd like to work on in the meantime, including a long overdue work on park factors, an update of my stat primer (about half-way done), and, of course, my wraps of the Reds' September and 2007 season as a whole. We'll have to see where my muse takes me.