For the Memphis Redbirds, Playoffs Would Be Good Distraction

Ryne E. HancockCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2009

It was only four years ago when I was writing about the playoff chances of the Redbirds, who at that time were in a dogfight with the Nashville Sounds and the Omaha Royals for a chance to go to the playoffs.

Unfortunately, the remnants of Hurricane Katrina washed away any chances of the Redbirds making a run for the playoffs. The Redbirds finished 70-71, right behind the Nashville Sounds, who ended up winning the PCL championship.

After winning in Round Rock last night 6-1 behind the pitching of Oneli Perez and a clutch homer from David Freese, the Redbirds are giving their faithful visions of something that hasn't happened since I left Fairview Junior High School in 2000.

Playoff ticket availability.

I know, it’s kind of funny to think about that as a fan. However, this city needs something to distract them from the ongoing saga of the upcoming special election for mayor and the sting the Memphis University Tigers got from the NCAA’s ruling on the 2007-08 season.

Think of what could happen if the Redbirds follow this scenario. They hold off Nashville and Iowa to win the American North. They win the conference finals against the Isotopes, who already secured a spot in the playoffs, and then beat the Sacramento RiverCats for the PCL championship.

Can you imagine that, Redbird fans? A non-tainted championship parade down Beale Street for our home team.

Let’s hope that dream comes alive in the final weeks.