I'm really excited for the playoffs. I really feel like the Yankees are going to lose this year, and even if they don't, I'm sure AJ Burnett will get crushed if they dare try to put him into a game. These things make me happy.
I'm also really excited about two players that are going to have a chance to be playoff stars and chase the World Series. Both of them are class-act athletes, which is pretty rare. And while they both have had vastly different career paths, they've both overcome their fair share of struggles to get these spots.
If you read this blog a lot, you may remember my thoughts on Joey Votto and why he deserved to be Canada's Athlete of the Year in 2009. And that was before he went crazy in 2010 and likely beat out Albert Pujols for the National League MVP. You may also remember my initial thoughts after the Roy Halladay trade - or, well, at least my attempt at coping with it. And now that he's thrown a perfect game and is likely to win the NL Cy Young, I've had to learn to become happy for the guy who worked so hard for my team, the Blue Jays, for so long.
As a Canadian and a Blue Jays fan, it's nice to know that two tremendous individuals with incredible athletic talents, that both, in one way or another, got there starts in Toronto, are going to get a chance to make a bigger impression on the international baseball landscape then they've already been doing all year.
But as much as I can't wait to cheer them on, this week I learned of a major problem. They'll be facing each other in the first round (that is, unless San Diego pulls off some marvelous comeback this weekend).
I'm not quite sure how to handle it. How do I pick just one team to cheer for? There are going to be a lot of people in the same boat as me. Some of them are going to pick favorites, but I'm not so sure I've got the guts to do that. Some people might just sit back and enjoy the games for what they are, but is that the most fun way to go about it? And how on earth do I deal with those tense moments when Halladay's on the mound and Votto's at the plate?
Maybe these questions are too hard to answer. The heart is a fickle instrument, after all, even when it comes to baseball man-crushes. And maybe problems like these are why I joined Project Franchise - so that when our team takes the field, hopefully we can have a full team of the top class-acts we can find. If it was possible, Roy Halladay and Joey Votto would be near the top of that list.
In the meantime, best of luck to both of them. Tough start aside, I couldn't be more excited to be able to cheer one of them on in the National League Championships, and hopefully, the World Series.