Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If you never watch baseball, today is the day to give in...

Excitement abounds with wild card ties in both the American League AND the National League. We have four games featuring four teams vying for two final spots in the postseason - in the AL, the Boston Red Sox will battle the Baltimore Orioles to hold on to the wild card lead they let slip through their fingers this entire month, while the Tampa Bay Rays will try to beat the New York Yankees again to snatch the wild card away from Boston, while in the NL, the Atlanta Braves will have to face the Philadelphia Phillies, an NL East powerhouse, while the St. Louis Cardinals will be playing the Houston Astros, a team you'd think would be much easier to beat than the Phillies, but in baseball, you just never know. Sometimes, the Kansas City Royals will slaughter the Yanks. It's just that kind of game.

Now, if by the end of today either of these races is still a tie, I believe what happens is a one-game playoff. That's what happened in 2009 when the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins ended up in a tie at the end of the regular season, although that was for the AL Central, not the wild card - the Twins ended up winning. It also happened the year before, again with the Twins but against the Chicago White Sox, with Chicago coming out on top that year.

Speaking of the Twins, I've missed Joe Mauer this year; it's too bad they sucked so hard and he had so many health issues. But I'm happy to see that Head & Shoulders shampoo has used Mauer in at least one other commercial besides the one with Troy Polamalu. Mauer is just so adorable. I just want to eat him up with a spoon. Or stick him in my pocket and carry him around with me. I've said it before but I'll say it again - ladies, if you need a reason to watch baseball, Joe Mauer is it.

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