Sunday, September 29, 2013

The last day of the season...and everything to play for

From where I sit it looks like a photo finish in baseball...

Cleveland9170.565-51-3040-40740661+79Won 99-1
Texas9071.559-45-3545-36722629+93Won 68-2
Tampa Bay9071.559-51-3039-41688638+50Lost 27-3


It's a scene that's almost unique to baseball. A flock of teams battling for postseason action on the final day of the season. Cleveland, Texas and Tampa Bay are aiming for the two AL wild card births. All three have a legitimate chance to make the post-season, or at least make a tie-breaker game. It's a delightful way to end the season, even if there isn't a tie-breaker...or two. Let's be honest here, it's one of those deeply appealing facets of baseball. The unscheduled, at times unlikely, game that lands mid-afternoon early in October. The reason baseball fans suddenly have trouble focusing on their work. There's never a guarantee of a tie-breaker. There will always be playoff games, but the extra game (or games) at the end of the regular season is a bonus. A free day of baseball. Memorable to the victors...regretful for the losers. In fact the delight and anguish of the MLB tie-breaker can best be summed up through this video...and the words of Russ Hodges...

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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