So, why am I worried?
As of this writing, the St. Louis Cardinals have a three-game lead over the Los Angles Dodgers in the race for the final National League playoff spot with only six games left. What could possibly go wrong?
By the way, that’s exactly what I thought when I read about some Republican voter registrations in Florida. What could possibly go wrong? Or, when I heard that the NFL was considering replacement referees during the regular season. What could go wrong? Or when I heard that Todd Akin was going to open his mouth and say something. What could go wrong?
So I repeat: What could possibly go wrong as the Cardinals try to close out the 2012 season?
Well, let me think.
It’s possible the entire St. Louis team could get run over by the tarp while taking batting practice before a game. Or, all Cardinal pitchers could decide it would be fun to pitch underhand for a few innings. Or, someone might replace Matt Holliday’s wooden bats with Wiffle bats. Or, someone could tell Cardinals manager Mike Matheny that Albert Pujols has been playing for the Los Angeles Angels all season.
I guess what I’m saying is that I’m a bit nervous about the Cardinals’ chances right now. I really never got nervous last year when the Cardinals were — I think — 139 games behind in the race for the playoffs. Last year, nobody expected the Cardinals to make the playoffs, let alone win the World Series. Last year, the Cardinals really had nothing to lose, so they didn’t lose. This year, the Cardinals do have something to lose, and that worries me.
Of course, it’s not as if the playoff spot the Cardinals are after is really a grown-up playoff spot. This year, Major League Baseball has added an additional playoff spot for both the American League and the National League. The winner of the final spot will face the winner of the wild-card spot in one game to see which team gets to advance to the real playoffs. If this sounds like a cynical way to stir up fan interest late in the season, it is.
When I first read about the additional playoff spot, I thought it was a terrible idea. I thought it was an affront to the integrity of the game of baseball. I thought it was the worst thing to happen to baseball since the introduction of the designated hitter. Now, of course, I think the additional playoff spot is the best thing to happen to baseball since the invention of the cup.
Without the additional spot, the Cardinals wouldn’t have a chance of making the playoffs. Without the additional spot, I wouldn’t be nervous. Instead I would be sad, and rather than worrying about the Cardinals making the playoffs I would be able to start worrying about the Kansas City Chiefs. But because the Cardinals have a good chance at grabbing the last playoff spot, I have to worry. I have to hope that the Cardinals can find a way not to blow a three-game lead over the Dodgers or a four-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Almost all of the “experts” say the Cardinals are a lock to clinch the last playoff spot. So of course, that worries me. The last thing you want is for the “experts” to say that your team is going to win something, because history tells us the “experts” are seldom right. Whenever a bunch of “experts” all agree that something is going to happen, I automatically bet on the opposite happening.
Well, unless the “experts” all agree that Todd Akin will probably say something dumb again.
I mean there are some things you can count on.
So, why am I worried?
- Local News
County commission opens bids on renovating sheriff’s space
Jasper County commissioners said Friday they hope to be ready to make a decision Tuesday on a proposal to renovate a former bank building for use as a new headquarters for the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.
Interfaith service explores different faiths
The interfaith service, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Joplin’s Landreth Park, will explore the theme of “Different Faiths — One Community.’’ The community service is held around the anniversary of the May 22, 2011, tornado, but organizers say the focus is not specifically on the tornado.
Duquesne mayor target of lawsuit from council member
Duquesne City Council member Lisa Daugherty recently filed a lawsuit against Mayor Denny White seeking unspecified damages for an investigation that he triggered just before White and Daugherty each ran for mayor.
Schifferdecker water park opening delayed week or two
Wet spring weather has delayed work on the Schifferdecker Aquatic Center, and it will not open over Memorial Day weekend, city officials said Friday. No date was given for the expected opening, but it could be delayed one to two weeks, according to Chris Cotten, Joplin parks and recreation director.
Foundation announces $10 million milestone
The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas announced Friday that it has reached the once seemingly impossible amount of $10 million in cash assets. The foundation, which was created for charitable giving in 2001 with matching funds from Kansas Health Foundation, had $545,000 in assets by the end of its first year.
Hatred, resentment and retribution fueled bloody encounter at Rader’s Farm
Members of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry regiment had been in Jasper County in large numbers on previous foraging missions. Coming from their outpost in modern-day Baxter Springs, Kan., the armed former slaves in Union uniforms had entered the property and homes of white residents to take their food or other useful supplies.
Ceremony to mark push for Civil War memorial
Organizers hope that today’s ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of a Civil War battle northwest of Joplin also will encourage support to finance a permanent memorial on the site.
Disaster response team to hold tornado memorial ride
A group of motorcycle enthusiasts who focus on disaster relief plan to hold a motorcycle ride through Joplin on the second anniversary of the May 22, 2011, tornado.
Miami plans annual surplus auction
The city of Miami’s annual surplus suction will be held beginning at 10 a.m. today at City Hall.
Pancake feed to benefit Scouts
Boy Scout Troop No. 904 will hold a pancake, biscuit and gravy breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Webb City Elks Lodge, 1010 N. Madison Ave.
- More Local News Headlines
- County commission opens bids on renovating sheriff’s space