It’s that time of year in Major League Baseball. Teams are closing in on the final week of the season very quickly, and they know that it’s now or never if they want to make the playoffs. Unless you’re one of the few to have clinched by this point, games are more important than they have been all season. And the Los Angeles Dodgers won one such game on Tuesday night… again. They’ve won six of their last seven, with five of the six coming against the St. Louis Cardinals or the Colorado Rockies, two teams that are also in the mix. Tuesday’s game was against the Rockies, and the 3-2 win, after the walkoff home run from utility man Chris Taylor to win it in ten innings, and it was crucial. The second win in a row over them now has the L.A. a game and a half up on them. It led manager Dave Roberts to say that his team is playing at their best right now. Could it keep up deep into October? It very well could.
In other baseball news, a few other things happened on Tuesday night that are notable. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell won his 20th game of the season in a 4-0 shutout of the Texas Rangers. Snell was demoted last season to Triple A and came into the season with a 6-14 career record. My how things have changed this year. The Orioles also set a record, though it’s a dubious one. Their 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays gave them their 108th loss of the season, setting a team-record high. And lastly, Aaron Judge returned and started for the Yankees. Despite going 0 for 4, the big slugger said he felt good and is obviously very happy to have returned.
In football-related news, it’s the big story many of us have always speculated on. The ‘marriage’ of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick has to have an ending, right? Well, according to a new book about the coach of the New England Patriots, it could have ended earlier this year. According to the author, Ian O’Connor, Brady was scared that he would be replaced and that he felt ‘trapped’ at one point. It really does sound like a marriage in one sense, doesn’t it?
And last but not least is the heartwarming news that the Koreas are looking to potentially host the 2032 Summer Olympics together. It’s been a long, rocky road for the two nations with one another, but relations have improved recently, and this is nothing but a step in the direction. Maybe, just maybe, this event could be the beginning of freedom in North Korea, causing the ‘wall’ to finally collapse.