Friday, September 12, 2008

How far were the Tigers back with 16 to play in '87?

In other AL East news, the smokin' hot Blue Jays won again last night. That makes 12 of 13 for them. They're now 6.5 games back in the wild card, meaning if they win three of four or sweep the four-game series at Fenway Park this weekend, we've got a race.
--Adam Kilgor

What's above is a pretty benign quote to highlight, it's understood, but what makes it noteworthy is this:

It was published by the Boston Globe's blogger. It's not the words of some delusional Blue Jays fanboy blogger, or even a segue into a hilarious story by Mike Toth about his grandfather and the Calgary Cowboys of the WHA. No, it's an honest to goodness observation from a completely neutral chroniciler of the game.

We've got a race. (I'm choosing to ignore the "if" for a moment).

So, then, if what Mr. Globe blogger says is true (and he's from Boston so it must be) then does that mean that tonight--dare I say it--is...wait for it...

A Meaningful Baseball Game In September! (tm)

Somewhere Bob McCown's head just exploded.


sager said...

The Jays would pretty much need to take six of the seven games they have left with the Bostons.

How much of a nerd am I that I knew -- although I checked to confrim -- that with 16 games left in 1987, the Tigers were a half-game ahead of the Jays.

The Jays got out to a 3 1/2-game lead by taking the first 3 games of a 4-game set in Toronto on the second-last weekend ... and let's just trail off right there.

Duane Rollins said...

Realistically what I'm hoping for is that they do two things.

1) Pass Minnesota. It would be nice to be the chasing team. And..

2) Get it below four at least once.

Then it would really feel like it was a race. Now, it just seems like it could be one.

Still, it's better than it was a month ago...

sager said...

Fair enough, but baseball can be interesting even when your team doesn't have a chance to make the playoffs.

Besides, baseball's undermined the integrity of the post-season with the 3-division setup and the unbalanced schedule. Putting any stock in making the playoffs is like putting any stock in the Oscars when it comes to movies or the Grammys when it comes to music. I hope like hell they get it, I'm rooting for them, but I'm still not going to abide by an intellectually dishonest process.

Duane Rollins said...

Fair enough yourself. You are talking to a Canadian/TFC soccer guy here. I have first hand knowledge of how something can be interesting even when it doesn't have any "real" scoreboard implications.

But, you have to admit...all sports are more interesting when there is something on the line. And, as a kid that grew up watching Jays teams that always were in the race, I long to Just. Have. To. Know. The. Score. again....

Besides, my grandmother has watched every game the Jays have played for the last decade. She deserves it.

Tao of Stieb said...

"some delusional Blue Jays fanboy blogger"

Not to be spooky, but we know where to find you Rollins, and we don't cotton to your flippant putdowns.

Guard your grill and knuckle up, buttercup.

Tao of Stieb said...

(Actually, not really...but it was fun to feel like a drunken angry frat boy for a second there.)

Duane Rollins said...

Actually, I was going to link that comment to Drunk Jays Fans, but they kind of scare me a bit.