Although I’ve enjoyed the success of the Atlanta Braves in recent years, the postseason has been a time of agony. The Braves have routinely not played up their level of abiliy (with the exception of 1995). I was so emotionally attached to the Braves and their postseason chances that when they lost, I was devastated and could not bear to watch any of the other postseason games.
This October has brought a welcome release from the stress of pulling for my favorite team during the postseason. A June collapse over an October collapse has its advantages! This year I have teams that I’m pulling for (Tigers, A’s, Cardinals and Dodgers) and teams that I’m pulling against (Mets and Yankees, sorry Kim and Jeremy) with no real emotional attachment. Hence I am free to watch, enjoy and appreciate this postseason in a way in which I haven’t been able to since the Cincinnati Reds beat the Oakland A’s in the 1990 World Series. Regardless of the outcome of this years World Series, I plan to enjoy whatever games I am privileged to watch and seek to appreciate the baseball history which will unfold.