Friday, March 4, 2011

Playoffs, Choo Talking Playoffs?

Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had this to say to Cleveland Indians Beat Writer Paul Hoynes:

"Playoffs," said Choo. "That's it. Nothing else. . . .That's my goal." "Oh, yeah," said Choo. "We have a good offense, good pitching, too. Most people say we'll be in last place this season. But in baseball you never know. No one thought San Francisco would win the World Series last year."
The quote from Choo reminds me of a quote delivered by Rays pitcher Scott Kazmir to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times during spring training of 2008:

"What's possible? Play in October, that's possible," ace Scott Kazmir said. "That is possible. That's what I got out of Joe Maddon talking to us, and talking to all of my teammates, it's not something that's impossible. We have what it takes to win here."
The Rays were coming off a 96 loss season in 2007 and went  on to win 97 games on their way to representing the American League in the 2008 World Series.  The Indians are coming of a 93 loss 2010 season....could their 2011 season end with:

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