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September Baseball Arrives In New York


(Gabe Rodriguez)

(Gabe Rodriguez)

September Baseball has finally arrived. Most teams have 30 games to play and many teams are still in race for the last two Wild Card spots. Both New York teams, the Yankees and the Mets are still within striking distance. After the Yankees took two out of three from the Kansas City Royals, they are now within 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. They travel to Baltimore to play the Orioles for three games this upcoming weekend.

The Yankees could either continue to be relevant after that series if they sweep all three games or at least take two out of three. If they are swept then they would be 5.5 games out with 27 games to be played and still within striking distance but the task becomes more difficult.

The Mets are 1.5 games out of the last Wild Card spot, and are scheduled to play the Miami Marlins in the final game of the series on Thursday. If the Mets win they will sweep the four-game series against the Marlins, then will be in a great position in their upcoming three-game series against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

This is the best time of the year. Both teams fighting for a playoff spot and playing good baseball, by beating teams that are also fighting for spots. As a fan this is the time of the month my stomach starts to act up. I get nervous, constantly yelling at the television especially at the umpires when they call balls strikes and strikes balls. Thank God for the replay system where calls are being overturned everyday. I pace back and forth from the television to the kitchen to the bathroom.

Still can’t figure out why this happens but it must be the life of a fanatic. One minute I love a player the next minute I want to trade him, wondering how can he be making so much money to bat four times and maybe be successful once. After the game is over and we win I can now go and have a good nights sleep, if we lose, I refuse to watch the post game show and I toss and turn reliving all of the bad plays after the loss.

After the season is over I can then relax for the next six months until the next season starts again and I then look forward to the team doing well and hoping we make it to the playoffs again.

And the players think they have it tough. Go figure.

Elias is a native of the Bronx, NY and a lifelong baseball fan. In High School, he once pitched a gem on the same field as Ed Kranepool and grew up rooting for both the Mets and the Yankees. Elias is a retired NYPD and Ocala, FL Detective and spends his quality time with family and writing about the game he loves.

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