As some of you know, I am a Florida Marlins fan (they're a baseball team). Yesterday, they won again, something that they finally learned how to do after a four-year stretch in the basement. The Yahoo! recap of the game included this paragraph:
Rookie Miguel Cabrera had a single, double, and homer as the Marlins beat Philadelphia for the second straight game and moved within four games of the Phillies in the race for the NL wild card spot.
This excited me for a minute, until I thought of something. Florida's record is 45-43, which is not all that wonderful. Are they only four games out of contention? Well, yes. The only thing the article fails to mention is the six other teams between the Phillies and the Marlins in the quest for a wild-card spot. I'm all for boosterism, but I don't want to lose sight of the simple fact that the Marlins are going to need to be very good (and will need some help) to make it to the playoffs this year. They only did it once before, (as a wild card), and they won the World Series that year (1997).