"I'd make it one-game-and-you're-out for the first series," the Oakland Athletics owner said Wednesday. "It would be exciting. It would be great."
You can cut the irony with a knife. Michael Lewis famously quoted A's GM Billy Beane as saying, “My s**t doesn’t work in the play-offs... My job is getting us to the play-offs. What happens after that is f**king luck.” Changing the first round of the playoffs to a one-game series would, of course, increase the role of f**king luck in determining who advances to the next round.
Then again, maybe it's not so ironic after all. The A's won the first games of their playoff series in 2000, 2001 and 2003 despite eventually being eliminated in the first round.