If the Giants played today, and were thirteen games out on August 12th, I wonder if they would have traded Monte Irvin, the Hall of Famer who ended up with 121 RBIs that season, to a contender.
Many more of you were around for the New York Yankees great comeback of 1978, when they trailed the Boston Red Sox on the morning of July 20th by 14 games. The Yankees would come all the way back and defeat the Red Sox in a one-game playoff at Fenway Park to take the AL Eastern Division crown. Two weeks later, they were World Series champs.
I can't help but think if that were today, they may have dumped Reggie Jackson on a contender.
And that brings us to the current day, with the defending World Series champion Red Sox gutting the heart out of last year's team because things were looking bleak two weeks ago. It's a win-now-or-else attitude in baseball and has all but eliminated the chance to see another of the great late-season comebacks of lore. What a shame.