Oh, man, if EVER a season cried out for a Yogi Berra quote, this one is it folks. It ain't over 'til it's over. The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers have to make up an earlier Hurricane Ike rainout to see whether the ChiSox or Minnesota Twins makes it to the playoffs. Talk about nobody wanting it. Sheesh!
It's been 27 years since the last time this happened, although that time was because of the weirdness of the MLB players strike and really doesn't count. Before that, you have to go all the way back to the 1973 National League East, when the Cardinals, Mets and Pirates faced a similar situation.
All that being said, it all comes down to today's game, where the two starting pitchers were traded for each other earlier this year.
Now, the only reason the same thing isn't happening in the National League wild card race is because apparently as much as C.C. Sabathia likes to pitch, he seems to like to pitch even MORE on three days' rest. His last three starts have been on short rest, and his ERA during that time is 0.83.
It all comes down to today's game at 2:05 ET. Okay, White Sox, how much do you want it?
...is it next year yet, I have just one thing to say:
"Lalala, I can't hear you!"
Don't you know it's not something we talk about? Geez, Louise!!! So what if we have clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. So what if we have clinched the division (2nd year in a row) as well as the best record in the National League. DON'T SAY ANYTHING!!!
So, how about them Bears? Hah! No worries there, mate. Quarterback is playing semi-decent but the defense couldn't hold the line if you duct taped it to their hands. I mean, come on!
Oh, and Mr. Favre (that's FARRRRRRRVE, not FAV-RAY) may be rethinking his un-retirement. Sacked, sacked, sacked and sacked on Sunday, and now he has a sore ankle. Boo hoo, should have stayed safe in Mississippi.
Speaking of retirement, what about Joe Paterno. What is he, 102? Actually, he's only 81, but he too has a sore leg and had to go to the press box at half-time. He plans on being back on the sidelines when #12 Penn State faces #22 Illinois.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a game I'm trying not to watch here.
If you're a true, bleed Cubbie Blue, die-hard fan, you know what I'm talking about. This time, however, there is a major difference that is working in our favor. What's that you ask? Why, it's the Milwaukee Brewers! Unlike 1969, when the Mets went on a tear about the time the Cubs experienced their September Swoon, this time the next closest team in the division is 4 games back and playing with less finesse than we are!
Although the Cubs have lost 7 of their last 8 games, the Brewers have only been able to pick up one game. Yes, thank goodness they are equally as inept. Whew! Less than two weeks ago, the Cubs had the best record in baseball and were 35 games above .500. Right now, they are 87-56, playing .601 ball and still have the best record in the National League.
We have 19 games left - and all but four are within the division. For once, that seems to be a good thing. I'd keep my fingers crossed, but that's just plain superstitious. Besides, do you have any idea how hard it is to type with your fingers crossed?