As we officially enter the eye of the hurricane known as the Dog Days of August, here are some odds and ends from the past 7 days--
JIM THOME AND BABE RUTH
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Is Cooperstown in Thome's future? Mos def!
ALBERT PUJOLS, BARRY BONDS, ALEX RODRIGUEZ AND JIMMIE FOXX
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Something tells me Mr. Pujols isn't done yet and will prolong his streak for years to come.
ARIZONA'S MOST DANGEROUS SNAKES
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Hey Giants, if ya think that the Arizona Diamondbacks are going away any time soon, you guys must be out of your mind. From the looks of it, the D'backs are only getting better as the season winds down. They have a potential Cy Young Award winner in Ian Kennedy (15-3, 3.12 ERA) and they have a potential NL MVP in Justin Upton (25 HR, 75 RBI, .305 AVG). And don't count on the wild-card because it looks like the Atlanta Braves have a strangle-hold on that. So if you guys want to defend your title-- it's overtake Arizona or bust.
So you guys better get to work because those guys in Arizona look dangerous, deadly and relentless. Whatever it is that manager Kirk Gibson is doing out there, is working. No doubt.
Let's keep an eye on Ozzie Guillen and his Chicago White Sox. They are 61-60 and only 3.5 games behind the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers. Gotta give credit to Ozzie and his boys for being pesky and refusing to go away.
Can't end this post without mentioning the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sigh! I still haven't lost all hopes of them having a winning season. Yes, they have fallen apart as of late but at 58-63, a winning season is still doable. C'mon Pirates, let's go 24-17 the rest of the way!
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