After waiting for over a week, let alone all season, I found one of the nicest images on the LA Dodgers website I’ve ever seen.
Granted, it’s not clinching the division championship again (yet), but after last night’s win they have a magic number of two that bit of news could come by the end of tomorrow afternoon’s game against the Pirates. That is unless the boys from Chavez Ravine win this afternoon and a loss by the Rockies in their late afternoon game against the Cardinals (who clinched their division last night).
What about the local nine? The Red Sox are six games ahead of Texas in the Wild Card, but the Yanks have already locked up the AL East so the best the Sox can do for now is to be able to keep playing when postseason play begins on Wednesday, 7 October. Of course the Bombers aren’t making things easy for the Sox with wins Friday night and last night with a sweep very much a possibility in today’s finale.
Now if there were only some way to get two items the team is giving away in the final games of the regular season, this tee and the calendar that was shot during this video that will be given out on Fan Appreciation Day. Some days I really hate being stuck on the wrong coast.
Updated 5:05pm: I was all ready to update the magic number graphic as the Dodgers were getting ready to beat the Pirates 6-2 going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Unfortunately Ox Broxton didn’t quite have his A game today. After allowing one run to score before even the first out was recorded Ox filled up the bases with Pirates as he loaded up the bases with one out at the bottom of the ninth. Ox didn’t lose the game though. Lastings Milledge smacked a fly to Andre Ethier out in right field and after a fielding error the three Pirates all crossed home plate as Milledge settles for an RBI single. The final score: Pittsburgh 6, the Dodgers 5. (The official recap is being written as I write this update, but that link should get you a link to the recap as soon as it’s written. The link has been updated to get you directly to the game recap.)
The St. Louis/Colorado game is in progress, and as of the top of the 5th inning the score is tied at 3 all. Hopefully when I get back to my comp tomorrow I’ll be have some good news to share from the Rockies game.
Updated 28 September 7:50am: Last night I was hearing that the Dodgers’ magic number was wrong on this post, and after reading this morning’s coverage of yesterday’s loss in the LA Times I saw that my boys got a boost toward clinching yesterday morning. Which just makes yesterday’s loss even worse since the Cardinals ended up losing their game. At least the series against the Bucs still has one more game to play, so maybe we’ll be celebrating by the time I sit down to dinner.