As you may know, the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL Central last night for the second consecutive season.
However, for most of the 2012 season, the Chicago White Sox were atop the division.
Now the White Sox weren’t expected to be part of the mix and had just hired Robin Ventura as their manager. Although Ventura had a distinguished playing career, he had no managerial experience.
But Ventura provided a nice contrast to the volatility of Ozzie Guillen. It helped the likes of Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, A.J. Pierzynski and Jake Peavy have resurgent seasons. The mid-season acquisition of Kevin Youkilis from the Red Sox added a further spark. Chris Sale and Addison Reed emerged as one of the best young starters and closers in all of MLB, respectively.
Well, that seems like a team for which to root. So why am I happy that the heavily favored Tigers prevailed?
Two words: President Obama.
Obama is a Chisox fan and we would have had to see him during the post-season and if the White Sox won the World Series we would have never the heard the end of it from him.
Of course, if the Tigers win it all then Obama will compare them to GM. But believe me we should all be grateful that the White Sox aren’t in the post-season. But if Obama loses then I would be perfectly happy to see the White Sox in the playoffs in 2013.