10/05/2005: Thought for the Day:
Tony La Russa is one of those guys – like Marv Levy, Wilt Chamberlain, and Peyton Manning – who is more renowned for his postseason failures than his postseason triumphs. Winner of 2,214 games in the bigs, La Russa has proven himself an expert at guiding teams over the long haul. But his playoff appearances have, far more often than not, left something to be desired.
That’s actually true of each of the teams left in the NL playoffs. Over the last ten years, the four remaining franchises – the Cards, Braves, Astros, and Pads – have been in the postseason 21 times. None of those 21 teams went all the way. Think of this year’s NL playoffs, then, like an all-decade loser’s bracket.
Len on 10.05.05 @ 05:27 AM CST