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The Tech's Predictions: Yankees, Sox, Braves, and Marlins

By Phil Janowicz

SPORTS EDITOR

The falling of the leaves and the sharing of equal amounts of sunlight across the globe signal playoff baseball. For those of you who have been living under a rock or in a cluster the past week, all the rioting is for the Red Sox’s clinching the Wild Card. It was quite fitting that the Red Sox clinched their playoff berth at Fenway on Fan Appreciation Night.

After their slaughter of the Orioles, the Red Sox stormed out of the dugout when Mendoza struck out the last batter and celebrated. Owner John Henry decided that the champagne showers shouldn’t be kept to the players and bought enough for the Red Sox to spray on the fans behind the dugout.

To start the celebration, Kevin Millar grabbed the microphone and thanked the over two million fans who graced Fenway this year. Millar said that this celebration is just as much for the fans as it is for the players themselves. Millar then told the fans and players that in the postseason, they need to “cowboy up.”

David Ortiz then went over to Millar and started singing “Born in the USA” with Millar and a teenage Millar on the Jumbotron. As the fans were still cheering wildly, Tim Wakefield grabbed a bottle of champagne and sprayed it all over the season-ticket holders behind the dugout so they could “taste the sweet victory along with us.” No other team that I can think of is as in tune with their fans as this year’s Red Sox.

This edition contains the divisional series playoff predictions, and this Friday’s edition will feature year-end awards.

American League: Yankees/Twins

The Twins have MVP hopeful Shannon Stewart and good pitching in Johan Santana, but that’s about it. Sure, their bullpen is one of the better of the playoff teams, but it’s hard to hold a non-existent lead.

Pick: As much as it pains me to say this, Yankees in 4.

American League: Red Sox/A’s

With an offense as unbeatable as the Sox, how can they lose? Throw in a dash of Pedro and a pinch of Wakefield, and you’ve got the best team in baseball.

Unfortunately for the Mulderless A’s, not having an offense despite Billy Beane’s superior pitching will leave the A’s at home after the AL Divisional Series.

Pick: Sox in 4.

National League: Cubs/Braves

Cubs win! Cubs win! Holy cow, the Cubs are in the playoffs! Wait, they have to face the Braves. Oh.

Pick: Braves in 5.

National League: Giants/Marlins

Back in the playoffs since their error-induced World Series victory in 1997, the Marlins have a strong team. They can run on anyone and strike out everyone else. Dontrelle “Whatchu Talkin’ ‘Bout” Willis has been shaky as of late, but his tune-up on Sunday looked good. Look for the Marlins to surprise many, including the Giants, who will be too busy collecting their Social Security checks to notice.

Pick: Marlins in 4.

Overall, these will be some good playoffs. Maybe we will have Sox/Cubs after all. Just as long as no Yankees are there.