Friday, September 21, 2007

Momentum in baseball. Utterly, totally, absolutely irrelevant.

Repeating myself, but the argument needs to be made. There is, once again, massive debate over the importance of MOMENTUM, over whether the Red Sox are doomed to lose quickly in the play-offs if they don't win the division. People keep calling WEEI, and posting on message boards, about how the Red Sox run in 2004, starting with game 4 of the ALCS, demonstrates the importance of having MOMENTUM in the post-season.

This requireth a rant.


How on God's earth can people keep suggesting that 2004 demonstrates the importance of MOMENTUM? What team EVER had more momentum than the 2004 Yankees after taking the first two games of the ALCS and then blowing out the Red Sox in game 3 in Fenway?

How'd that MOMENTUM work out for you?

And who's got the MOMENTUM when the Yankees take a 1 run lead into the 9th of game 4 with a 3-0 series lead and Rivera on the mound?

How'd that MOMENTUM work out for you?

And who's got the momentum when Jeter doubles off of Pedro to take a 4-2 lead in the 6th of game 5 when they're already up 3 games to 1?

How'd that MOMENTUM work out for you?


The Tigers stumbled into the play-offs last year, losing the division on the last day after having had a bigger lead in August than the Red Sox did this year, and went on to the World Series. The Minnesota Twins, who stormed back from a big deficit to take that division, lost in the first round.

How'd that MOMENTUM work out for you?


MOMENTUM means NOTHING in baseball. Zip, zero, nada.

Never has.

Never will.


Thus endeth the rant...

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