It has become a yearly tradition for me to write a post just before OpeningDay on how reality is waiting to make us all look like idiots, and I will freely admit that this post was more enjoyable when the Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees were picked to be the best teams in baseball. Now it is the Nationals. The team I root for is the team everyone is expecting to be the best team in baseball just like the Tigers last season and the Red Sox the year before that (I don't remember who was predicted to be the best team in 2010 but it certainly wasn't the Giants or the Rangers). While the Tigers did ultimately make it to the World Series they didn't make it look easy. The Tigers, predicted to have the best record in baseball, finished ten games back of the Washington Nationals.
Now the Nationals are in the Tigers shoes and lots and lots of very smart people are picking them to win it all, but keep in mind these are the same smart people that picked the A's and Orioles to finish last in their divisions in 2012. Every season something unexpected happens, and it is going to happen again this season. Even with the best odds in Vegas at 7 to 1 the Nationals have only a 14% chance to win it all. The fact that teams defy the odds and make us all look foolish is what makes baseball great, but now as Washington Nationals fans we're no longer rooting for Luke Skywalker to blow up the Death Star. We are instead hoping that the Death Star turns its icy gaze upon Tatooine before Luke Skywalker even meets Obi Wan.Read More