Grote’s Gripes: MLB Playoffs; Moments To Remember

BRONX, NY – This year is the first of the new expanded format in the MLB Playoffs.  I like what it has done to the division races but there are so many playoffs series now that you’d have to be a meth head to be able to stay awake for all of them.  Plus who has the time to follow all of these series?  The unemployed that is who.  I guess baseball realizes that there are more unemployed meth heads now then there ever before, so it was the perfect time for another playoff round.  I’m just glad the Orioles have tied the Yanks.  Maybe we’ll get a series there after all.

The history of baseball playoffs started with the advent of the League Championship series in 1969.  The division series was added in 1995 with the leagues realigned to include three division winners and a wild card team.  I thought I would run down the Cliff Note Playoff Version to sum up the playoff history to date.

National League:
Miracle Mets Are NL’s First LCS Winners
Bench Gets Big Red Machine To Series In Clemente’s Last Game
Buddy Fights Pete As Mets Bloody Bully Reds
Garvey and The Penguin Lead Dodgers
Reds Sweep Pennsylvania (Pitt and Philly) In Back-To-Back Years
Luzinski Too Phat To Catch A Phly Ball As Phils Lose Again
Willie Stargell Pops Reds For The Family
The Philly Phosil Manny Trillo Leads Way To Series
Rick Monday Leaves Expos Blue
Darrell Porter Unlikely Hero For Cards
Gary Matthews One Arm Down
Leon Durham Let’s One Through 5 Hole
Ozzie Smith let’s Cards fans go crazy, folks
Dykstra Hits Walk Off
Dave Smith Pitches BP As Mets Go 16 To Avoid Scott
Orel Surgery Performed On Mets After Scoscia Shocks Doc
Will The Thrill In SF
Glenn Braggs and Nasty Boys Lead Reds Back To Series
You’re A Real Man, Deion

Francisco Cabrera Hit Send Pirates Into 20-Year Tailspin
Wild Thing Good Enough For Phils
Ken Caminiti Flexes Synthetic Muscles For SD
Eric Gregg’s Mile-Wide Strike Zone
Todd Pratt Series Ending HR Just Eludes Finley
Grand Slam Single
Kenny Rogers Walks On By
John Rocker Pisses Off Everyone
Who Let The Dogs Out?
Bobby Jones One-Hitter
Craig Counsell Somehow Stars For Arizona
Playoff First Rounds Now Hidden On Fox Family TV
Carlos Beltran Goes Wild For Astros
Steve Bartman Goes Into Hiding

Roy Oswalt Pitches Astros To Series
Braves and Astros Go 18 In Longest Post Season Game Ever
Jeff Suppan Somehow Shuts Down Mets
Endy Chavez Makes An All-Time Catch
Rockies Double Sweep NLDS and NLCS
Jason Werth Proves His Worth For Phils
Halladay No-No
Cody Ross, that’s who
David Freese, that’s who too
American Leauge:
Weaver’s O’s Win First 3 ALCS
Bert Campaneris throws bat at Tigers Lerrin LaGrow
Campaneris Uses Bat Next Year To Hit Key HR
Swinging A’s Make It 3 In Row Themselves Behind Catfish
Red Sox Finally Stop A’s String
Chris Chambliss Blasts Yanks To Series
George Brett Gets Worlds Most Famous Case Of Hemorrhoids
Brett’s 3 HRs Not Enough For Royals
Orioles Bookend 70’s With Another Series Visit
Brett Goes Upper Deck To Finally Beat Yanks
Yanks Beat Billy’s A’s To Win Strike-Shortened Championship
Harvey’s Wallbangers Give Milwaukee A Taste Of Winning
Cal Ripken Jr. Heads To His One And Only World Series
Sparky Anderson Rides Gibson To Motown Championship
Lead-Footed Jim Sundberg Triples KC Into WS
Doomed Donnie Moore Can’t Hold The Lead For Angels As Hendu Can Do For Sox
Twins Play Hit The Baggie As They Beat Heavily Favored Tigers
Steroid Brothers Lead A’s To Sweep Of Red Sox
Rickey Returns To Lead A’s Back To Series
Clemens Ejected After Mound Rage As A’s Sweep Red Sox Again
Kirby Puckett Becomes A Household Name
Score One For Canada As Toronto Beats A’s
Toronto Goes Back To Back
Angry Ward’s Mariners Beat Yanks In First Division Playoff
Cleveland Makes It Back To Series After 40 Years
Jeffrey Maier Steals One For Yanks
Indians Beat Yanks and Orioles To Get Back To Series
Yanks Avenge Loss To Indians
El Duque Clinches Ticket To Series Beating Pedro’s Red Sox
Terry Long’s Blunder Helps Yanks Escape In ALDS
Jeter’s Shovel Play Helps Yanks Comeback From The Brink Against A’s
Alfonso Soriano shocks 116 win Mariners With Series Ending HR
Adam Kennedy and K-Rod Come Out Of Nowhere To Shock Yanks
Pedro vs. Zimmer Is Decided When Brett Boone Adds Another Year To Sox Misery
The Bloody Sock Follows Dave Roberts Steal
White Sox Follow Red Sox In Ending Drought
Torre Moves A-Rod To 8th As Tigers Roll Over Yanks
Cleveland Midges Feast On Joba
Red Sox Squeak By Indians In Route To Second WS In 4 Years
Rays Beat Red Sox In Rare Yankee-less Post Season
Finally Rid Of Torre, Yanks Come Back With A Vengeance Crushing Twins and Angels
Rangers Ride Hamilton and Lee Over Yanks
Rangers Go Back-To-Back
Angry Ward to follow tomorrow.
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