Feel the Excitement
Can’t you feel the excitement building? The baseball season is definitely winding down and we’ve got some really hard fought battles going on in the AL West between the Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers, while over in the NL Central Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis are locked in a major clash for division winner, not to mention the two wild card slots.
Almost all the playoff teams have been determined, what awaits us is deciding who will win the various divisions. Of course the Atlanta Braves and LA Dodgers are a lock to win the NL East and West, as are my hometown Detroit Tigers over in the AL Central. The Boston Red Sox, during the past week or so have put a bit of distance between themselves and those annoying Tampa Bay Rays and look to be the AL East winners.
As previously mentioned the A’s and Rangers are duking it out in the AL West, but whoever doesn’t win the division will almost certainly be a wild card team, as will the Rays when they’re unable to catch the Red Sox. And all 3 teams vying for the NL Central title will make the playoffs, it’s just so tight right now over there we don’t know who will end up where. I’m seriously rooting for the Pirates to win the division, who by the way won their 81st game yesterday and are pretty much assured their first winning season in 21 years.
This week has been a great baseball week for me, my hometown Tigers are in Boston, with the last game going on tonight. My two favorite teams to watch and it doesn’t really matter who wins as long as one of them does win. I’m the winner in this situation.
The Tigers won on Monday, the Red Sox last night. Tonight, the game was tied 4-4 until the Red Sox pushed across a run in the 5th inning. When the bottom of the sixth began I went upstairs to read to my daughter, the Red Sox ahead 5-4. When I came back down a half hour later the Red Sox had been hitting the crap out of the Tiger’s pitching and were leading 13-4. Impossible not be enjoying this series.
It’s as though the Red Sox are finally putting the exclamation point on their season. This ain’t the collapse of 2011 with its chicken and beer and it sure ain’t the Bobby Valentine mess of 2012. The playoff preview taking place in Fenway is thrilling baseball.
And baseball is such an incredibly gratifying experience for me, both watching and playing. It’s hard to describe, but despite the sometimes painful slowness, there are enough moments in each game to make it all worthwhile. As the 2013 regular season nears its conclusion, and we dream about the playoffs, we baseball fans are being treated to some impressive games.
As I conclude this piece tonight the Red Sox thoroughly destroyed Tiger pitching to the tune of 20-4. It’s all good.
Posted on September 4, 2013, in 2013, Athletics, Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers, MLB, Pirates, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Reds, Tigers and tagged baseball, boston red sox, la dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.