October 04, 2012
At the end of June the Major League Baseball standings looked like this: The Yankees, White Sox, and Rangers led their respective American League divisions, the LA Angels and Baltimore Orioles held the Wild Card spots with the Boston Red Sox only one and a half games out. The Nationals, Giants, and Reds had leads in their respective National League divisions, but the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers held the Wild Card spots with the Mets only one game back.
Switch to today, the day after the last game of the regular season. The Yankees, Tigers, and Athletics won the three AL divisions with the Rangers and Orioles winning the Wild Card spots. In the NL, the Nats, Reds, and Giants retained their leads on their divisions, winning them outright, but the Atlanta Braves, and St. Louis Cardinals won the two wild card slots.
Folk, Baseball is a crazy sport and the excitement and fun that can come from it, even in the 162nd day of the season, are evident all around us. Congratulations to the 10 teams who made the playoffs, and to those 20 going fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, golfing, etc… right now, work hard in the offseason because the 2013 regular season begins in 5 months and 3 weeks.
The Baltimore Orioles represent one of 10 playoff teams, but they haven’t been to the playoffs since the late 1990’s, and they have reignited the Baltimore fan base with a vengeance. Usually, C&A Sportswear, located outside of Baltimore, produces only football gear, predominantly the Baltimore Ravens, at this time, but with the Orioles unusually seasonal winning ways, the company is pushing numerous articles of Orioles gear. The store specializes in producing shirts and hats that are unique in that they include recent catch phrases given to certain players, or utilize songs that fans have attached to the team.
Authentic Store Buzz: The Eagles officially own first place in the NFC East heading into Sunday's game versus Keystone state rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Remember folks, Pro League Authentics has all of your Eagles gear. With a good selection of hats and jerseys online and an even greater selection of great shirts by Junkfood Tees in store. PLA has what ever Eagles fan needs come Sunday, including women's gear, winter hats, and long-sleeved shirts.
The Major League Baseball regular season is over, but that means the playoffs are just starting. With two Wild Card one-game playoff games going on October 5th, the baseball playoff setting couldn't get much better. The Braves play the Cardinals in Atlanta and the Orioles play the Rangers in Arlington. Only thing left to do is watch what happens. To help you support your favorite team fighting to make the playoffs, PLA continues to offer 25% off on all MLB jerseys, just use the code "MLB" when purchasing.
Authentically Speaking Trivia Time: Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers won the triple crown in for the first time since 1967 when Carl Yyastrzemski did it as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Cabrera has yet to win the AL MVP, but he may not. If he doesn't he would join who as other triple crown winners who did not win the league's most valuable player award. Answer tomorrow.
Wednesday’s answer: The Minnesota Twins have played in the last two 163rd MLB regular season games. The White Sox beat the Twins 1-0 in 2008 and in 2009 the Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers.