Somehow, we have made it to September as Summer gasps its last breath. Cue the pumpkin spice lattes, Ugg boots and Hocus Pocus being on every night on Freeform for the next 60 days. It also means the spotlight will be centered around football for the next five months with the return of College Football and NFL action.
Don’t get me wrong, football season is one of my favorite times of the year—but let’s not forget the beauty of baseball in the hunt for October. In case you have not noticed, there is a tight race going in the wild card spots in both leagues.
The Yankees and Red Sox have renewed their rivalry and currently sit in the top spots. Love them or hate them (I hate both) but the playoff race is not the same without their presence.
The Oakland A’s are doing what they do best, making the most with limited resources and are just nipping on the Red Sox heels.
To my surprise the Seattle Mariners are 10 games above .500. When did that happen?
The Blue Jays have had more homes this season than a military family but somehow are lurking as well. They are probably petitioning to be moved to the NL East where their record would have them tied for first in the division.
The Rays are on a mission to avenge their World Series loss and add another championship to the new title town (sorry Boston).
Out on the south side of Chicago, the White Sox are quietly putting together a solid season and are my pick to represent the AL in the World Series.
Down in Houston, the Astros are on a redemption tour of their own and looking to go out with a bang (see what I did there?).
We move to the National League where somehow the Giants are keeping pace with the Dodgers. I don’t know what voodoo lady you used in Philadelphia, Gabe Kapler, but it was not the same one you are using now down in San Fran.
Giannis owns the NBA and now partly the Brewers and it appears his presence is already making a difference as they continue to run away with the Central division.
Cincinnati has a lineup full of sluggers that has them in contention for the 2nd wild card.
San Diego is flush with young talent and a team no one in the NL would be excited to play.
Atlanta had their All-Star game taken away as well as nearly their entire team due to injury or off field issues but keep finding ways to win.
Lastly, the Phillies are playing this game where they hover just close enough to playoff contention to draw me in and then proceed to get swept by the Diamondbacks. Fool me 15 times, shame on me.
So as your wife or significant other prematurely decorates your house for Fall and you have football on the big screen this weekend let’s not forget about the Boys of Summer. There’s something special brewing in baseball at the moment and it’s only going to get better from here.