September 30, 2005
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Three Days To Go

Three days to go in summer. The Yankees are a game ahead of the Red Sox, and they come to Fenway for the final three games of the season. Wow.

What's interesting, here, is that the customary power structure is backwards. This year, the Yankees have patched together a stretch drive from spare parts and hope and Aaron Small. The Red Sox are here because they ought to be; the Yankees are here because they've managed to win 94 games without a center fielder, a second baseman, or a starting rotation.

And let's hear three cheers again for the Braves, who once more won the NL East. They've been playing with the patched-together remnants of a once-great club for so long that the remnants have retired and the patches themselves are mostly gone.