Seeing as the last one died I decided to start anew.
Derek Jeter officially ends his career tomorrow. Hopefully Girardi will be gone too. Missing the playoffs two years in a row is far below Yankee standards. The last time that occurred, there were still only four divivions and MLB had yet to announce their 1998 expansion. Jeter deserved better than this. I said the same thing of Rivera last year. At least Boston will finish last.
I have to hand it to the Royals though. The last time they were in the playoffs my brother wasn't even born yet. It just so happens that their last postseason opponent, the Cardinals, will also be in. An all-Missouri World Series would be a very exciting prospect in that state, especially since the state has in the last few years seen their NHL team have some really good seasons, as well as tremendous tturnarounds by both the Chiefs and Mizzou football last year, as well as the entrance of Mizzou into the SEC two years ago.
Of course if Oakland wins tonight they are in, then all but two playoff teams will either be from the two largest markets in California, the National Capital Region, or from Missouri. That means a number of possible interesting World Series matchups.