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The Power of Randomness

Now that the Cardinals are to make their second World Series appearance in three years, I really get to appreciate my baseball serendipity.

Three Easters ago, at the time when I finally started to begin understanding the rules of baseball, I made my first trip to St. Louis. Shortly after that a colleague of mine suggested that my appreciation of baseball would increase if I chose a team to root for and as one of the candidates she mentioned the Cardinals. Well, with 30 teams to choose from and no obvious candidate at hand, I decided to follow her enthusiasm and go with St Louis.

Considering the fact that I do not have any natural affiliation to any US city, and that my path could have been crossed by any team's fan, I really lucked out. Prior to 2004, the Cards last World Series appearance was in 1987. Yet since then, they have been all over the postseason.

Just consider the following statistic: in the past three years, how many playoff series did the MLB teams offer to their fans? Well, here are the numbers:

8 - St Louis Cardinals
5 - Houston Astros
4 - Boston Red Sox
4 - New York Yankees
3 - Anaheim Angels
3 - Chicago White Sox
3 - Detroit Tigers
2 - Atlanta Braves
2 - Los Angeles Dodgers
2 - Minnesota Twins
2 - New York Mets
2 - Oakland Athletics
2 - San Diego Padres

So thanks to the forces of randomness I got to enjoy eight exciting postseason series. And any baseball fan can tell you that watching the playoffs without your favorite team in them is like driving someone else's Ferrari.

stl

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