If the wild cards are 'losers who don't deserve to play any more games,' then why have wild cards at all, let alone more of them?
It would be a better idea to treat all playoff teams equally. This is a victory for the "Yankees Objection" and MLB greed. It is not about the fans at all.
Thanks for the comment, even if we aren't in agreement.
The 2001 season was clearly an exceptional situation. Even so, that inequity is as old as the World Series itself. There have always been seasons where a second place team in a particular division or league was perceived to be much stronger than another division/league winner. Before divisional play, did anyone say, "hey the 2nd place team in the NL won 10 more games than the AL pennant winner, why the hell should the AL be guaranteed a spot in the World Series if clearly the two best teams in baseball are both in the NL?"
As I wrote in the post, the WC game is no more than a way to determine which loser should get in to the real postseason, so I have no problem with a single game determining that. Why hold up the whole postseason process while a couple of teams that shouldn't be playing any more anyway face off? Let's just play a single game, which will provide great theatre, and move on with a system that rewards actual Division winners.
I agree that inserting days off for no reason is wrong, but most off days in postseason are travel days, which is a necessity that goes back for as long as the WS has been played.
Disagree with you on this one. It was pointed out that in 2001 the A's won 102 games and finished second to the Mariners who won 116. The Twins would have been the second wild card with 85 wins. Does it really make sense to have a winner take all one game playoff when the entire game is built around the 3-game series and the need to go deep into your pitching staff to win? Under this format we are playing an entirely different game than the one that is played for the other 162 games. For the record, I hate the playoff format with days off. I think we should play the game the same way in the fall as we do in the summer. Doesn't make sense to me. We should go to a 32 team league with 8 four team divisions.
Punching big chunks of cheddar? Ewwwwwwwwwww LOL
I'm picturing an ironic tribute to the Rocky IV training montage, where shots of Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi juicing are intercut with Braun cutting wood in a Wisconsin winter, punching big hunks of meat (or--being Wisconsin--cheddar) and running up a snowy hill. But then at the very end, Braun grabs a syringe too...just for good measure...
Seriously though, I like your point, there's so much conjecture and rumor mongering around Braun right now that we'll likely never know what really happened, we can bemoan the unfairness of it all or we can shake our heads and move on...I vote for the latter.