Monday, October 29, 2007
Before 1969 only two teams played October baseball – the team in American and National League with the best records. No division winner, because MLB had only one division or League, and certainly no Wild Card had a shot at winning the World Series. Baseball valued the summer marathon more than it does now, and as a consequence, the best club over 162 or 154 games had a much higher chance of being crowned champions than today (50% then and 1 out of 8 today).
Regardless of what postseason format you prefer, the 2007 Sox went old school on the Leagues. They won the A.L. East, had the best record in the A.L. by tie breaker, swept LAA, beat the club they shared the most wins with, and steam rolled the red hot N.L. champs. The Sox passed all of the old school requirements in new school format, and it so sweet because there is no doubt that: The Boston Red Sox were the best baseball team in 2007 and World Series Champions.