Here we are: one week to go. The division races are all wrapped up, with only a few bows left to be tied. The AL's best record is still up for grabs, but most of the attention will be directed toward the wild-card races. Let's examine the final week (with playoff odds courtesy of FiveThirtyEight.com). American League Schedule: NYY (1), BAL (3), @BOS (3) Scheduled starters: J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez, Francisco Liriano, Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, Happ, Sanchez Noteworthy: The Blue Jays have held a playoff position since Aug. 13 and one of the wild-card spots since Sept. 6. The Jays are sitting pretty after taking the first three games of this Yankees series. What John Gibbons would love is for
Thank the old gods and the new, the Orioles are back on track. Wade Miley pitched a gem (not a joke). The offense hit a pair of dongs. Camden Yards was packed. Maybe you got a nice sweatshirt. And the Birds beat the Diamondbacks 6-1 to win the series and get back into a wild card spot. This was a good Saturday night. Magnificent Miley Let’s just get right to it: Wade Miley was fantastic. His line: 8.2 innings, one run, seven hits, no walks and 11 freakin’ strikeouts. He got into a few jams throughout the game but was always able to get himself out of it. And at one point, had retired 12 consecutive batters. I’ll admit it, I have been a Miley hater since he came to Baltimore at the end of July.
Most of us understand the unique blessing of living in a country which is a political democracy with a high standard of living. We also know that we owe that freedom to brave soldiers who have risked or given their lives to defend our country and way of life. The protest of 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has brought renewed attention to the ceremonial honoring of the country. How did the playing of the national anthem become associated with sporting events? Does it truly enhance our sense of unity and patriotism and honor our soldiers to play it before every collegiate and professional game of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other sports--or should it be saved for special national