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I'm starting to come out of my funk

Posted at 12:48 PM on September 28, 2007 by Steve Rudolph

As the seasons go, fall ranks third on my list ahead of only winter. That’s akin to finishing ahead of the Kansas City Royals in the A.L. Central.

That said, I’ve always loved what fall means to sports fans, at least until this year. We’ve been spoiled the past few years with the Twins playing meaningful games in September and postseason contests in October. Even the Gophers and Vikings have gotten off to good starts in recent years making Minneapolis a fall sports Mecca.

Unfortunately, most of our teams were mathematically eliminated in September this year and it’s just now that I’m realizing there are still plenty of great games to watch, particularly in Major League Baseball.

The American League may be decided with most of the usual suspects having bought their way in to postseason play. But in the National League, it’s all up for grabs, creating the potential for a great final weekend.

Will the once “Miracle Mets” be passed by the Phillies and become known for one of the greatest collapse in baseball history?

Will the Cubs erase a century of disappointment with a postseason run or will the kids up the lake keep the curse intact?

It’s even more exciting out west with the red-hot Rockies, winners of 11 in a row, taking on the division-leading D-Backs in Arizona while the second-place Padres play in Milwaukee.

If the weather turns sour as expected, it’s going to be a great weekend to stay indoors and watch baseball. If we’re lucky, Sunday’s games won’t sort it out and we’ll start the playoffs early with a tie-breaker game on Monday.

Suddenly fall doesn't seem quite so bad.

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