The Short Porch: It’s Getting Hot Out Here

August is hot, it’s like ridiculously hot.  Growing up in Oregon I wait all year long for sun and then complain that it is too hot when the sun actually shows up, Thank god for central air.  You would think that after 36 years here in the Pacific Northwest I would be used to and expecting the hot weather around this time of year, but you would be wrong. I don’t like to sweat or be hot which makes working out an even harder task than I make it out to be. Some teams have played to preseason predictions while a few have surpassed expectations. But it amazes me that players and fans even make it out to the ballpark in places like Texas, Arizona, Florida; the really hot places to begin with.  I played a game the other week and the opposing team did not show up because it was too hot. Global warming or just the heat from this amazing baseball season?

But the temperature isn’t the only thing hot this month, one only has to look to Oakland to see that the Athletics are red hot and gunning for the second wild card spot over Seattle, Houston leads the division by only 2 games going into today, so Oakland may well end up winning the division in a year most people thought 3rd place would be acceptable.  Now here is something that I just don’t understand with Oakland, why does no one come to the games?  I see on social media all the time the players begging fans to come out and show up to watch a team that may win the division.  I guess I am just puzzled because that would not happen if the team were to, oh relocate to another city. Let’s say… Portland, Oregon. #MLBtoPDX.  

Maybe the reason that Oakland struggles to get attendance is that the Giants are by far the most popular team in that area. While San Francisco is only 6 games behind division leader Diamondbacks it seems very unlikely they will make the postseason this year. Leaving the division up for whoever can claim it between the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Dodgers.  My money is on the Dodgers and the bookie has already placed the bet so no takey backseys.

A.L. Central is a snooze as the Indians have a comfortable 12 game lead on the next closest team, The Twins, who do not have enough talent to make a run.  Same goes for the AL East, its looking more and more that the Red Sox will not only win the division but may also eclipse the 2001 Seattle Mariners who won 116 games.  

Ronald Acuna Jr and the young Atlanta Braves team have surprised the league by taking the step many predicted was 2 or 3 years away and making a push for the division.  Going into the season it was thought that they Phillies and Braves were too young and did not have enough talent to match up with the Nationals let alone challenge them for a title. Guess that’s why they play the games huh? With the rest of August and September to go watching who will be left standing between Atlanta and Philadelphia may be the best race to watch the rest of the season.  

It seems like just the other day that the season started, my how time flies when you are having fun.  Win or lose baseball is still the best sport in the world. This last 6 weeks or so of the season is the best in my opinion.  There will be knock out fights to keep playoff dreams alive and there will be the spoilers whose only mission is to sabotage the dreams of other teams who played better at the beginning of the year. We will see what teams are made of and what needs to change and maybe the owners of the Athletics will realize that Oakland doesn’t support their team and look to greener pastures up 1-5 north, I don’t know if you could tell that I am really wanting a team in Portland. Make it happen Portland Diamond Project and lets Play Ball.

 

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