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Andrew Says: Year Of The Underdog In Baseball

Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (C) and his teammates celebrate their win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates defeated the Cubs 2-1 and, with their win and a Washington Nationals loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, clinched their first playoff berth in 21 years. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (C) and his teammates celebrate their win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Pirates defeated the Cubs 2-1 and, with their win and a Washington Nationals loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, clinched their first playoff berth in 21 years. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Even though the Dodgers, Boston, Detroit and Atlanta spent their way into the playoffs, The Fan’s Andrew Fillipponi states a case for this being the year of the underdog in baseball.

The Pirates, A’s, Tampa, and likely Cleveland are examples of smaller market teams who have had enough success this season to punch post-season tickets.

The Rays are a franchise the Pirates have looked to in an attempt to stay competitive with financial constraints.

The Yankees have had a tough time of things this season and will miss the playoffs for just the second time in the past 19 seasons. The Yankees are trying to get by with Lyle Overbay as their regular first baseman while they continue to pay for a large chunk of A.J. Burnett’s contract.

New York enraged many of their fans who went to yesterday’s game expecting a Mariano Rivera bobblehead, but because a shipment was lost, were unable to deliver. In an effort to make good, the Yankees had to issue an apology and give fans tickets to a game next year. This sounds like something the Pirates have done in the past but in this bizzarro year, things are reversed.

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