On The A’s Beating the Twins (and the Tigers’ Return To Favored Status)

I should have known better. Every year I usually scoff at the notion that the Twins can dominate a 5 game series behind their one dominant pitcher. I usually say, he will just not be enough. And this year, I really should have been looking at that A’s staff and realizing that beyond a game or so, they should be the favorites for a series.

Though I still would have never predicted a sweep! Or that former Mets Jay Payton and Marco Scutaro (whose first mlb hit, a triple, I saw live) would be such contributors in the effort. Can’t stand Payton, but good for Scutaro and Zito and the rest of them. I kind of like them against the Yankees. BUT LOVE them losing to the Tigers.

Here’s hoping the Tigers make it and beat them. I’ll also predict that if the Tigers make the next round they take out the A’s. Midsummer it looked like the Tigers and the Mets were on a collision course for the World Series. The Tigers having stunningly returned to their forgotten strength—the best pitching in MLB, while in the AL!—look like they’re back on that collision course.

I mean, really, what teams were bigger stories in baseball this year than the resurgent Mets and Tigers? Before the Tigers’ last minute regular season collapse they were the team of destiny with all the surprise and magic. And the Mets have been the clear dominators of the NL. We might get the World Series we deserve now. (And one the Mets can easily win)

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.