Some of the pride that National League teams flaunted three and four decades ago when they were beating up on their American League counterparts, especially in the All-Star Game, returned last October when the NL-champion St. Louis Cardinals defeated the AL-champion Detroit Tigers in a five-game World Series.
After what happened during past seasons, it could have been the NL's first big step back to respectability, if not superiority.
"I have a sense that things are turning around," former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, a career National Leaguer, said. "I've always felt that these streaks run in cycles. [The NL] won 11 [All-Star Games] in a row at one time, and I managed three of 'em.
"We had a good streak going, and now [the AL does]. But I think we have the players to turn it around."
Come on, Tommy. Why don't you tell us what you really think?
UPDATE: Maybe Tommy's all cocky because he's being inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame. Who knew California sports had their own hall of fame?