Thursday, September 15, 2005, 10:17 pm
To see the Playoff Odds report, go to baseballprospectus.com, then to statistics, and then to playoff odds report under "team."
I believe entering today, we had about an 80 percent chance of winning the division and 18 of being the wild card for a 98 percent chance of making the playoffs. The information is updated each day.
I read your various comments about the on sale. I promise to check on your complaints and get back to you all with some type of information, probably early next week.
What I do know is that demand was very high. Tickets were gone within 27 minutes and several thousand were on sale for each of the three games.
Part of the thinking with on-line/phones only was that this gave everyone an equal opportunity to acquire tickets. Plus, with a weekday on-sale date, we felt it was asking a great deal of our fans to miss work, travel down to the ballpark and then wait in line to perhaps be disappointed. If there was some issue with TM phones or on-line, I will do my best to determine and let you know.
I can promise you — because I was in that particular meeting — that we tried to structure this to make it best for our fans, not scalpers.
I do think this year has been interesting in this way … we were the best team in the American League over the first third (maybe plus) of the year … Oakland was over the middle third … and Cleveland now is certainly playing great baseball.
We all are frustrated in the team not having any momentum right now. Things will change over the next 17 games. Hopefully, back in our favor, but none of us really know how. Only the guys in uniform can do something about it. The rest of us are stuck with the passion, anger, joy, sleepless nights, punches in the stomach, ulcers, stress … and hopefully, in the end, champagne.
At least we all know from the very strong emotions that we are alive …