Magic Number: 37Today is Friday, August 15, 2008 and the Chicago Cubs' Magic Number is 37. I am sure there are two possible responses for that statement.
1. It's August 15. That's way too early to start talking about Magic Numbers.
2. What's a Magic Number?
It's probably better to address the second question first. For the Humzooers who are not baseball fans, the Cubs' Magic Number is any combination of Cubs victories and Milwaukee Brewers (since they are in second place) losses needed for the Cubs to clinch the National League Central Division.
Since I have a Brewers fan in the house, and a few additional exist in Humzooland, the Milwaukee Brewers' Magic Number for the National League Wild Card is 37 too. That is any combination of Brewers victories and St. Louis Cardinals losses.
To answer the first question, yes, you're probably right. The problem is that this season is probably the Cubs' best opportunity to march through the playoffs and win the National League. Also, I am looking forward to a Cubs/Brewers playoff series, though that is not possible until the National League Championship Series (NLCS).
On a side note, did you hear about the White Sox game on Thursday? The White Sox hit four consecutive home runs. They became the sixth team in MLB history to accomplish this feat, and it was the first time for the White Sox. Jim Thome started the fireworks with a three-run homer, then Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe followed.