The Fall Classic
This time of October is my favorite time of the year though I tend to get very little done. The Fall Classic is the order of the season and for Detroit the entire year comes down to a single game. After 162 games and the division is tied. The Tigers have squandered, in the last week, the lead they have held since May. For the second year in a row the Minnesota Twins force a one game tie-breaker for a spot in the post-season.
Leading Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera seems to have had some sort of drunken melt-down over the weekend. Either his hang-over or his shame contributed to a limp bat at home where the Tigers have been dominant. The game is played by men in there twenties so you expect these sort of things, but this is the Big Leagues where you are supposed to be able to perform to matter how hobbled. If Doc Ellis can throw a no-hitter on acid then Miguel should be able to hit a ball still drunk from the night before. Lots have. That he was carousing with the Whites Sox does nothing for his case. He hasn’t been able to hit a ball since, but Bolivarian Magglio Ordóñez has been red hot after a tough season which warms my heart.
It looks like the usual suspects in the post-season. Yankees and Bo Sox, The Phils and the Cards, The LA teams and Colorado sneaking in. If the Twins end up with the division title at the end of tonight all I can do is tip my hat to a remarkable run. This household was, and will remain, an Anyone But Yankees home even if it means rooting for an LA team. Detroit, even if they win tonight, would be the weakest team in the post-season with the Yankees to face next. I like the Cards to win it all this year.