1. This makes my day. What is it with the New York Mets? They haven’t won the World Series since 1986, but they reek of arrogance and entitlement. This year, they thought the divisional title was theirs for the taking. Ha! The Philadelphia Phillies won the East Division title the old-fashioned way: They earned it. Down the stretch, the Mets played lackadaisically, while the Phillies played hard. Congratulations to the Phillies and their fans. The Mets will have to go home for the winter and wonder what happened. Maybe next year they’ll play hard, every day, on every play. By the way, that Met fans “mercilessly booed” future Hall of Famer (and good guy) Tom Glavine, who has done so much for the team, says everything you need to know about them. They are morons and thugs. They don’t deserve a title.

2. Magglio Ordonez of the Detroit Tigers is the American League Most Valuable Player. He finished the season today with a batting average of .363, which is by far the highest in all of Major League Baseball. He has 54 doubles and 139 runs batted in, among other gaudy statistics. Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies is the National league Most Valuable Player.

3. I can’t wait to see Alex Rodriguez choke in the postseason. Remember: He has never played in a World Series, much less won one. He is in his 14th Major League season. There is no reason to think his streak of futility will end this year.

4. The regular season is not over! The San Diego Padres, who lost today to the Milwaukee Brewers, will fly to Denver for a one-game playoff with the Colorado Rockies tomorrow afternoon. The Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks today to force a playoff. The winner of tomorrow’s game plays the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series; the loser goes home for the winter. I want the Rockies to win, if only so I can watch Matt Holliday and his exciting teammates during the playoffs. It appears that the game will be televised by TBS at 6:37 Central Time. Luckily, I will be home from my Hobbes seminar by then. May the game be a war of all against all! May life for the Padres be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short!

5. Someone (probably jokingly) suggested that Prince Fielder is the National League Most Valuable Player. Compare his statistics with those of Matt Holliday. It’s not even close. You might also compare Magglio Ordonez’s statistics with those of Alex Rodriguez. Ordonez wins. His power numbers are equal to those of A-Rod, he struck out far fewer times, and his batting average is much higher.

6. Here is the playoff schedule, so far as it is now known. Once the teams are set, I will let you know how things are going to unfold. The rest of you can make your educated guesses.