Playoffs So Far: It Gets Weirder

Derek Jeter, peerless captain of the New York Yankees, during happier times

This is truly one of the most bizarre postseasons I (Evander) have seen since playoffs-baseball was introduced in the major leagues in 1969. The idea was formulated after the so-called Year of the Pitcher in 1968, when interest due to poor offensive stats was waning in a depressingly fast way, with fans jumping to sports such as (American) football and basketball. The postseason-playoffs concept was borrowed from these sports as well as ice hockey. This year might be the strangest postseason of all. The reigning World Champion St. Louis Cardinals improbably rallied past the stunned Washington Nationals, as did the San Francisco Giants against the Cincinnati Reds. (The winning teams had poorer regular-season records than the losers.) The Detroit Tigers barely beat out the hungry and surprising Oakland Athletics. The New York Yankees, on the strength of banner pitching and late-inning heroics, somehow managed to edge out the feisty Baltimore Orioles. In shocking fashion, as round two began, durable superstar Derek Jeter went down for the remainder of the season, however long it lasts, with a fractured ankle. Expect the unexpected.


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