So my beloved Mets aren’t going to take it all this year after all. As they say, there’s always next year. This time, they were undone by a team named for a bright red bird. The St. Louis Cardinals are a potent team to be sure. However, when it comes to the World Series, statistics show that the big leagues arenâ€™t exactly bird-friendly. You have to go back a long way to find a championship for the birds:
2005 – ivory footwear over beings from the stars
2004 – scarlet footwear over red birds
2003 – big fish over northeasterners
2002 – celestial beings over individuals of enormous size
2001 – venomous snakes over northeasterners
2000 – northeasterners over city dwellers
1999 – northeasterners over indigenous American warriors
1998 – northeasterners over Christian priests
1997 – big fish over indigenous Americans
1996 – northeasterners over indigenous American warriors
1995 – indigenous American warriors over indigenous Americans
1994 – not held
1993 – azure avians over denizens of Philadelphia
Twelve long years have passed since a team named for a bird won the World Series. And itâ€™s not that the last decade has been especially rough for avian athletes in baseball. Out of 101 championships, only 14 have been won by bird clubs.
You might not want to completely discount the Cards’ chances though. The St. Louis Cardinals is one of the winningest (this is a real word in the sports world) franchises in all of baseball in terms of World Series crowns, behind only the storied New York Yankees. Clearly, their name change way back in 1900 earned the respect of the baseball gods. What was their name before that? The Perfectos!
Could you have asked for a better series? Sorry about your Mets Mike, but who would have thought a .216 hitting catcher (2nd worst in the majors for everyday players) would hit a two-run homerun in the 9th? I missed the rivalry between these guys in the eighties, so it was nice to revive it…go Cards! Twenty-four years is too long between titles.
And if you want to temporarily take my picture (in a Cardinals hat) down, I’ll understand.
For 2004 you seem to be thinking of the ALCS.
John, thanks for the save.
Corey, I’m glad that someone finds pleasure in the Mets’ miserable meltdown. I expect the Amazin’s to be even better next year!
14 Championships out of 101. Okay, that might not seem to bode well for bird named teams (if stats alone had anything to do with it? So essentially 14% of the championships have been won by teams named after birds. What is the percentage of bird named teams in the league (and to be fair you’d really have to figure out the percentage each year as I assume it has changed, and then work out an average)? If it comes in around 14% then the universe should be unfolding as it must.
And I take it there are baseball playoffs on now?
So using the current teams it comes in as three bird named teams out of thirty. 10%. So they’re actually doing pretty well those birds.
Sorry ’bout those Mets, but if there is a city that needs a winner right now, it’s Detroit. Last night was depressing, but we’re hopeful for a win today and the Tigers in six.