Yahoo Contributor Network
This article was created on the Yahoo Contributor Network, where users like you are published on Yahoo every day. Learn more »Yahoo Contributor Network
St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series Championship Shines Light on Conjecture: Fan Opinion
This article is pure opinion and is also conjecture. It is being openly offered with that in mind, rather than as a set of assumed facts.
A thinking person's game
There are many analysts out there who genuinely believe that they have certain knowledge about what would have happened if any number of 'what if' scenarios would have played out.
These aren't baseball analysts, they are personality types who believe they have some superior insight into the human soul. And oh, by the way, they think that the rest of us don't have the same awesome abilities.
None of us know what is going to happen in the future. We also don't know how things would have played out in some imagined past.
People who second guess, with emotional certainty no less, seem unable to accept one simple fact. People are experts on one thing, their own lives.
They have no absolute knowledge about anything else, even if they believe that they do. It's okay to offer opinions, as long as we realize that's what they are.
With all historical understandings about the Chicago 'Black Sox' in mind, the St. Louis Cardinals and every other baseball champion earned their championships.
Why? Because they played well when they needed to and that is what champions do.
There are various Phillies' fans who believe that if their team would have tanked just one game in September, then the Atlanta Braves would have made the playoffs.
Did these people see the Phillies' hitters in the National League Division Series?
The 2011 Phillies might have lost to any team in that first round of the playoffs. If they somehow did win the NLDS, would they have then automatically created a pennant-winning effort?
The Phillies have had an inconsistent lineup for the better part of three consecutive years. This problem appears to be centered upon the efforts of their offensive personnel.
Philadelphia must change a number of its offensive parts, or history could repeat itself in 2012. This is conjecture.
In contrast, the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals had the perfect combination of players on their roster.
Why was it perfect? Because they won the World Series. That's not conjecture.
No baseball fan, player, executive, or anyone else for that matter ever has the proper balance of logic and emotion within their grasp. That is because we are all human.
Human beings have zero true knowledge of hypothetical baseball scenarios. As such, second-guessing is totally understandable and also conveniently inconclusive.
Congratulations to Tony LaRussa and to the entire Cardinals organization.
You played the game that my family, friends and I all love the best way that it could be played and are now rightfully champions of the world.
That is a fact.
After earning a Communications degree from Penn State in 1990, Sean started his career in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons front office. At that time they were the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A farm team. Read his Sports Blog: Insight and followhim on Twitter @ SeanyOB
More from Sean O'Brien and the Yahoo Contributor Network:
Note: This article was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Sign up here to start publishing your own sports content.