09/13/2004: Magic Number Watch:
The Marlins help us out and beat Chicago, while the Cardinals avoid being swept by the Dodgers.
And while I'm blogging baseball a little, Barry "not a carbon based lifeform, near as I can tell" Bonds hit number 699 yesterday. Unfortunately, Babe Ruth only hit 715, which is close enough to 700 that the Bonds hype won't be ending anytime soon (basically, the issue's going to be, will he hit numbers 715/716 this season or next?), so I don't see any relief from the hype before the end of the season. *sigh*
And while we're noting milestones, I note that the Arizona Diamondbacks became the first (only? we'll have to see) MLB team to lose 100 games this season when they lost yesterday. As if that wasn't bad enough, they had already set a new team record for season losses by losing to San Francisco Saturday (their previous record for season losses had been 97 back in their inaugural season, 1998).
And in case you're wondering, the modern era record for season losses was set, of course, by those loveable losers, the 1962 "Amazin'" Mets, who managed to rack up a 40-120 record in their inaugural season. In fact, the Mets were so bad back then they failed to break out of the 100+ loss column until 1966, when they went 66-95. However, when the Mets finally decided to have a winning season they put their heart into it; the first Mets team to have a winning season was the 1969 "Miracle" Mets who racked up a 100-62 season and the World Series trophy, to boot.
Len on 09.13.04 @ 08:36 AM CST