Yes, I realize that the Final Four is synonymous with college basketball and March Madness, but why not apply it to the October Madness of postseason baseball?
Sure, the NCAA has 64 (okay, 65, which may expand) teams fighting it out in a single elimination tourney, but the MLB playoffs are just as exciting. Thirty teams play down to eight over the course of 162 games, and then they must play in the pressure cooker of a best-of-five just to reach the ALCS or NLCS—the Final Four, if you will.
I thought it would be fun to come up with one team to represent the four teams still standing, as if they were playing a mythical team (call them the Mythical Monsters) comprised of all of the players from the other 26 teams. And just for fun, we'll play a virtually simulated series of sorts against those Mythical Monsters.
As for the Final Four team, will the Phillies' Chase Utley beat out the Yankees' Robinson Cano? Will we take the youthful Buster Posey over the quite experienced Jorge Posada behind the dish, or go in another direction?
As for that great pitching staff, how do we determine who gets the ball in Game 1 to defeat those Monsters?
Read on, my friends.
Oh, yeah—we'll call our team the NYSF Philly-Rangers