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As a by-and-large disappointing season draws to a close, we look toward the future, which, this year at least, doesn’t include October baseball for our team. I was pretty sure that Major League Baseball would cancel the whole postseason due to the lack of A’s, but to my great surprise, it is still being held. And to add insult to injury, the three AL teams that I would most like to see not in the playoffs are all playing.

So what’s a girl to do? Find a team to root for, I guess.

Boston

Hahahaha...yeah right. Although one may argue that their fans have had a little while to get used to being winners for once, I’m not willing to take the chance on another win. The city of Boston was as obnoxious as possible during the World Series win a couple of years ago, and I think it would be more fun for them to be in first place all year long, but still come up short. The only redeeming feature? David Ortiz, who is a fun player to watch, especially when the games count big.

Angels

Hahahaha! Representing the West or not, I would rather Boston advance before I want to see Lackey or Rodriguez celebrate on the mound. I know I wasn’t the only one who secretly hoped that K-Rod would injure something celebrating the West victory. Small consolation that it wasn’t on our field this year. The Angels redeeming feature is Vlad, who I just can’t root against. Luckily, the rest of his team more than makes up for that.

Yankees

The playoffs are interesting for me with the Yankees in it; for the sole reason that nothing brings out the New York journalist hacks than A-rod in the playoffs. For example, let me present Exhibit A:

The Yankee third baseman went 0-for-4 last night, making him 3-for-29 in his last eight games. No one can knock the MVP-caliber season Rodriguez is having, but as he's learned in his first three years in The Bronx, his season ultimately will be measured by what he does during the Yankees' pennant chase and playoff run. Fortunately for Rodriguez, the Yankees have not needed his offense. Last night's 2-1 victory over the Orioles was their 12th win in 14 games. They have been winning in spite of the hole in the middle of their lineup wearing No. 13.

Just so we’re clear, I’d get rid of any player and any amount of money to have that black hole in my lineup.

If it’s a choice between Boston, the Angels, or the Yankees, put me in pinstripes and call me Derek.

Cleveland

What’s not to like? They played in Major League? Jake Taylor was hot? They have the underdog status compared to the rest of the AL contenders? I like this pick.

Per usual, I have no strong feelings toward the NL at all. The Mets, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Padres, Rockies, or Brewers? It’s going to be a great weekend finish to the season, but I have no attachment to any of the teams...with the possible exception of the Chicago Cubs. It’s like watching a puppy try to cross an eight lane freeway--you’re just rooting for him to make it.

But the real question is: When I get sick of the playoffs, what’s on TV? I have lost Alias and Gilmore Girls and I am left with American Idol and Criminal Minds. Of course, I’m only a season and a half into Lost, so I have some catch-up to do before spring, but what are people watching? And why?

So playoff baseball or TV? What does your October look like?

There’s a game at 2. The A’s are trying to win? Not get swept? Is there actually anything left to ‘redeem’? I want to watch Barton!