Happy October! I was ridiculously happy for it to be October, until I checked the weather this morning and… the rest is history. We’re having a (semi)serious heat wave in the Bay Area and Diamond Girl + heat waves = no bueno.
Then I remembered that today is the day we are going to Beat LA – which is a rhyme, but never mind that – and I went right back to being ridiculously excited. I was smiling ear to ear, even carrying my 50 pound book bag down the street in 80 degree weather. (It may not have been 50 pounds or 80 degrees, but, my friends, this is called creative license ) Which is to say, I cannot wait for this thing to get started. Cannotwait. My shoulder hurts from the bag, but I’m still stoked.
Across the Bay, there is some serious drama with the A’s-Rangers series kicking off and I guess they could both clinch playoff spots tonight, theoretically, if all the non-literal stars aligned. It’s not like I am beginning to see the wisdom of the second wildcard, but I am beginning to see the wisdom of the second wildcard. Nobody tell Bud Selig I said that.
Over on Twitter, Andrew Baggarly put out a few statistics about the Giants, including that they have the fewest home runs in the Majors this year and assuming that doesn’t change over the next couple of days, they’ll be only the fourth team in the live-ball era to make the playoffs with the fewest home runs. Say, what? I was surprised by that one. Not that the Giants hit the fewest bombs. That was no surprise at all. I make a little notch in the tree outside my house every time I go to a game and they don’t hit one out (I kid, tree huggers) and it has… oh, a notch for every game I’ve ever been to. But the latter stat? That one’s interesting. Who knew homer-pathetic teams were doomed in the playoff race? Moneyball 2.0, guys. The secret ain’t walks. It’s homers. Except when you’re the Giants and it’s right now. So, yeah. The theory has some flaws. But still.
Lastly, Cardinals? After the Giants Beat LA tonight and hand you your playoff spot, I do expect something in return. I collect Christmas tree ornaments and there’s also this Kate Spade handbag I have my eye on, if you need ideas. You’re welcome!
p.s. I woke up. September ended. (Hey, I only get to make that joke once a year. Bear with me.)