Don't Drink The Kool-Aid! We Just Be Hyperizin'

Todd HayekCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2009

BOSTON - AUGUST 22:  Yankee fans look for autographs durng batting practice prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 22, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It’s all hype.


We’ve all heard (and written about) the predictions, projections, anticipation and build-up for the next huge, all-important, season-changing series between two baseball teams vying for position to secure a spot in the playoffs.


The problem with the hype is that’s all it is—We just be hyperizin’.


As the baseball season, that is a marathon, winds down to the last few miles we can almost discount everything until the final sprint at the finish line. Unfortunately for many teams, a marathon rarely comes down to a photo finish.


Sure, if things had turned out differently in the Rockies/Dodgers series last week and the Rockies/Giants series over the weekend, then the hype may have lived up to, well...the hype.


Here in the real world, however, we learned exactly what we already knew. Baseball games that really matter are played at the end of September.


A couple weeks ago, the Rangers closed in on and overtook the Red Sox for the wild card lead. There was a changing of the guard, right?


We just be hyperizin’.


Texas came back down a notch, Boston picked it up and the wild card lead is back where it was a month and a half ago: Red Sox up on Texas by four games, up on Tampa Bay by 5 games.


The hype has turned back into hope, predictions altered by reality.


The Rockies’ series over the last week pretty much proves that point as well as any. The Giants were done, right? The Rockies’ wild card hype turned into division title hype and now the perception is that the Rockies will be lucky to make the playoffs.


The Red Sox and Rays series this week may seem like a big series, but let’s wait until the end of the month and see who still has a chance at the playoffs. Until then it’s all just a bunch of hype in what usually will turn out to be an almost meaningless series.


There have been no changes in the division leaders in either the National or American League from where the standings stood a month ago.


The White Sox even seem to have thrown in the towel in the AL Central which was one of the only divisions that seemed to be in reach.


The Twins are still in striking distance, but after claiming Rich Harden on waivers and failing to complete the trade tells us they are more concerned with keeping their nucleus in place for the future rather than making a run at the division title this year.


College football and the NFL are ready to kick off and could work as a much needed distraction to vault us to the end of season where the games and series will dictate who gets a chance to play for the World Series.


Draft your fantasy football team and sing your college fight song at halftime. Heck, knit a sweater if you want, whatever you can do to pass time for the next 3 weeks until the real baseball series start.


Watch a baseball game or two, but don’t drink the Kool-Aid! Not yet, anyway.


Until the end of the month, we just be hyperizin’.