09/26/2005: "Congratulations" to the San Diego Padres, for making baseball history....
According to Billy-Ball email newsletter, the Padres are are the first team to lead an MLB division with a losing record in September.
Sandy Alderson, San Diego's CEO and minority owner, points out, "To me, it will be one more of those esoteric statistics, one more of those historic footnotes that make baseball so great, because it is unpredictable. This is something that happens once every 30 years," Alderson said. "It's an unusual situation. Would it be better if we were one of the other four teams in the division at the end of the year? I don't think so. I'd rather be a footnote to history than not in history at all."In a later entry, Mr. Ball continues:
DID YOU KNOW?I just hope he didn't jinx the Cards by mentioning that. If they lose four in a row this week (five more left to go; two against Houston Tuesday and Wednesday, and then a weekend series against Cincinnati, so that's not likely), I'll come after him.
How good are the 2005 Cardinals? When St. Louis snapped its three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory yesterday in Milwaukee, they ended their longest losing streak of the season. In the Cardinals' 114-year history (1892-2005), they have never played an entire season without a losing streak of at least four games.
Len on 09.26.05 @ 12:02 PM CST