I’m not usually the sort to complain about the national sports media viewing everything through a New York-centric lens. Usually. But today I’m making an exception. The poll shown here appeared on the CNN-Sports Illustrated web site after the Tigers won game 3 by a score of 6-0. It strikes me as insulting at best and idiotic at worst. Just turn the tables – if the series had gone New York’s way, with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez contributing key hits and the Yankees’ pitching shutting down the Tigers, do you think the poll would have asked who on the Tigers was to blame for the Yankees’ victories? Of course not! It would simply have been accepted as the natural order of things being in harmony. Most likely, the poll question would have been along the lines of, “Which Yankee deserves the most credit for their victories?” These folks at CNN-SI would do well to consider that maybe, just maybe, the Tigers are a very good team, and maybe that’s the overriding reason they came out on top. After all, they finished the regular season with a record almost identical to that of the Yankees (yes the Yankees were two games better, but after 162 games, that’s pretty darn close).
If the Tigers should win their series against the A’s and advance to the World Series, they would face either the New York Mets or the St. Louis Cardinals. If it’s the Mets, I suppose we can expect the New York-centric mentality to kick in once again. And if the Tigers should prevail over the Mets, I suppose the national media would then have to wonder what dreadful mistake the Mets could have made to cause this unfathomable state of affairs.
There. I feel better now. The bottom line is this: Go Tigers. Win it all and let the media say what they will. Someone at the Major League Baseball HQ in New York will still have to get the World Series trophy engraved with the words ‘Detroit Tigers.’ And they may utter whatever curses they wish while the engraving is being done – it won’t change a single word on that trophy!