Get your head out of the sand
Besides the NL wild-card race, Rob has a events to pay attention to the rest of the season.
What's left for us?
Yes, there's a wonderful battle for the wild card in the National League. But that's only a few hours per day; what are we supposed to do with the rest of our time?
Fortunately, there's still plenty to live for. Below, presented as a public service, is our Guide to Enjoying the Last Two Weeks of 2002.
I'd love to see Sweeney win, of course, but mostly I'd love to see a spirited battle. There's nothing more sickening than watching a player sit out games down the stretch to protect his lead in the batting race, as George Brett did in 1990 (though in fairness, it should be said that he was following the traditional practice). Fortunately, with three guys bunched so tightly, they'll probably all have to play most every day down the stretch.
Team Year W-L Pct Orioles 1981 21- 7 .750 Pirates 1908 33-12 .733 Orioles 1970 40-15 .727 Pirates 1909 33-13 .717
That's a strange list, by the way. Four teams, and only two managers: Fred Clarke and Earl Weaver. I've often written that success in one-run games is due to luck as much as quality, but that would be one pretty amazing coincidence, two managers accounting for the top four spots.
Anyway, the 2002 Athletics have all these guys beat. Or at least they did before last night. They were 28-9 in one-run games, which works out to a .757 winning percentage. But now they're 28-10, which drops them to No. 2 on the list with a .737 percentage.
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