September 22, 2008

Baseball Notes

- Hey, did you hear last night was the final game at Yankee Stadium? I think it was maybe mentioned once or twice in the last few days. Seriously, the way ESPN covered that game you would think the president or the Pope had died. Or that Brett Favre had retired again. I look forward to the same breathless coverage next September, when the Twins play their final game at the Metrodome.

- You know what I think is a much bigger story? The Yankees aren't making the playoffs, but the Tampa Bay Rays are.

- The Twins enter the final week two and a half back of the White Sox, and the two teams play three at the Dome starting Tuesday. I'm not especially optimistic- if you have five young starters who have never thrown this many innings, it's not a recipe for success. Then again, stranger things have happened.

- The Phillies took two of three from the Marlins over the weekend and now lead the NL East by a game and a half, although even if the Mets go ahead the Phils remain comfortably ahead of the Brewers for the Wild Card spot. The Phils' recent hot streak continues their streak of finishing well in all four of Charlie Manuel's seasons as manager, although I expect to hear for all of next year about how "the Phillies always choke down the stretch."

- I would like to see the Milwaukee Brewers make the playoffs. While the Yankees fans whine and whine about not making the playoffs for the first time since 1993, the Brewers haven't made it at all since 1982! Haven't their fans suffered enough?

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 22, 2008 04:13 PM

Next year is the last "Dome" to close. Leaves us with only fields, stadiums, parks, ballparks, and one centre.

Posted by: Jeff S at September 22, 2008 10:30 PM
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