Sunday, September 21, 2008

A brief reflection on late-season baseball in Chicago 2008

So the Cubs have clinched the NL Central Division, and the Sox are still 2.5 games up in first place in the AL Central, so there's a good chance that both clubs will be in the playoffs, which hasn't happened since, I think, 1906, which was the year they faced off in the World Series (Sox won). Not that I think that will happen this year, but it's a lot of fun to have this much "meaningful" baseball this late in the year.

Especially during late September, baseball starts to feel like hanging onto summer for dear life ... fingernails ... toenails ... teeth. The longer baseball lasts, the longer summer lasts.

Which is why I'm always glad when either team makes the playoffs (in my lifetime, that's 1983, 1984, 1989, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2008), but, both ... that's like double reprieve. That's like, summer hasn't ended at all. Both teams in town are still playing.

Feels almost like June.

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