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Pro Sports Wrap - by Sam Ruesler

20 Long Years

October 4th 2012 16:59

The baseball regular season is now over. It was exciting with all the Perfect Games and No Hitters, plus Josh Hamilton's 4 homerun game. Also Miguel Cabrera completed the first Triple Crown since 1967. Will he win the MVP though?There was also controversy in Washington with sitting Strasburg as the team is fighting for a World Series ring.

The playoffs have come to visit Oakland, who made the 3rd biggest comeback ever to win the division (beating Texas on final day for it), and also Baltimore at least for Friday in their one game playoff against Texas. The Braves didn't fall apart this year and will face the Cardinals in a one game playoff. Will Saint Louis spoil Atlanta's hope again? As a diehard Cards fan I hope so and am happy with the 2nd wild card spot. Everyone was saying this addition would make the last day even more exciting than last year; well they were wrong. Nothing will ever compare to last year. All the playoff teams were decided before the final game, and the only real exciting thing was the fight for the AL West.

What do the playoffs and a neutered bear have in common? No Cubs. Also consistent is the absence of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They made it 20 straight years without a winning record finishing at 79-83. Last year they made a push and fell apart after the All-Star break; this year they had playoff hopes until the middle of September where they lost 7 in a row and 18 of the last 23 to end the month. An MVP candidate was even roaming center field for them until he cooled down as well. 20 years is a very long time and who knows when the pain will stop; the NL Central is a very good division even with the Cubs helping you add on some victories. Hey, there's always next year.
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