From watching the commercials during the American League Division Series, I have come to a few conclusions:
• Black Sabbath’s Iron Man can get annoying if they never let you hear the whole song.
• Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Richard Nixon all would have wanted us to buy Chevy trucks.
Beyond that, I’d like to thank Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya, Jamie Walker, and Todd Jones for shutting down the vaunted Yankees’ lineup, and more importantly, shutting up the announcers.
Yes, the Yankees have a great lineup. But while the media has pounced on that part of the story, it conveniently doesn’t mention why the Yankees have a great lineup: because they can afford it. It’s one of the perks of having a payroll of greater than $194 million.
Another thing that annoyed me today was Bonnie Bernstein calling Mike Mussina “Moose” and Mariano Rivera “Mo” during her reports. Does she hang with them? Does she talk trash with them while playing NBA Live? I don’t know if she does, but the rest of us don’t.
It’s almost as annoying as impartial announcers calling David Ortiz “Big Papi.”
Anyway, the series is tied. I think it will go five games, but am not sure who will win.
• Note to the San Diego Padres: The series started Wednesday. Wake up your bats. I’m not sure if the St. Louis’ pitching is that good, but regardless, I don’t see how San Diego can win three straight. Of course, I picked San Diego to win the National League.
• Nomar Garciaparra could miss Game 3 of the series against the Mets. It doesn’t look good for the Dodgers, unless you consider that they probably won’t let Tim Robbins into the broadcast booth. And that’s a good thing.