September 28th, 2014

always a tiger

this is how it works

the magic number is one.

the maxim "every game counts" seems a little bit less probably true for a baseball calendar of 162 contests, as compared to a football slate one tenth the size, and yet (!) situations like today crop up often enough to prove it.

the four teams i mentioned yesterday, all of them giving their all for a win, lost, each of them to a team with nothing but pride to play for.

and so today, if the cardinals win, they clinch their division.
but if they don't win and the pirates do, the teams will finish with the exact same record and play one game against each other to break the tie.
and so today, if the tigers win, they clinch their division.
but if they don't win and the royals do, the teams will finish with the exact same record and play one game against each other to break the tie.


meanwhile, if the oakland athletics win, they get into the postseason as a wildcard.
but if they don't win and the seattle mariners do, the teams will finish with the exact same record and play one game against each other to break the tie.


and one, of the afternoon, is the start time for the tigers and the pirates and the lions and steelers of the nfl as well.
simulcast, indeed.
always a tiger

bless you boys

despite hungering for more, i have to acknowledge being very fortunate that in four of the seven years i've lived in detroit (four in a row no less), the tigers have won their division. it's no mean feat this fourpeat. (outside of the evil empire) especially in this era of parity in which the world series champion from last season finished last in its division the following year.