Baseball gets ready to crown a No. 1. Football gets another dose of No. 4. Who's going to win the Fall Classic? Our journey through the world of sports continues on ? one tweet at a time.
The hot topic
It's the end of September, which means it's almost October, which means the first pitch of the Major League Baseball playoffs is about to be tossed.
And that means close-ups of screaming fans, fidgety skippers, a pitcher's eyes and a batter's glare.
Will Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and the imposing Detroit Tigers make a return visit to the World Series? Will Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp color baseball in Dodgers blue?
Can the Oakland A's win it all with a no-name roster? Can the Pittsburgh Pirates - no longer shackled to a long playoff drought - hoist their first Commissioner's Trophy since the famed 1979 "We Are Family" Bucs squad?
Answers soon to come in what should be an intriguing trot through October. But, for now, some tweets:
? Dodger Nation: I hope you got your playoff tickets, because it's going to be exciting! - @MagicJohnson: NBA great and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson.
? I will forever remember this night... - @TheCUTCH22: Pirates all-star center fielder Andrew McCutchen after Pittsburgh clinched its first postseason berth since 1992.
? Sat in the back pew at St. Patrick's Cathedral today looking for some help making out the lineup. - @RaysJoeMaddon: Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, seeking divine intervention as his Rays battle for an American League playoff spot.
? Greatest win of my life!!! - @NickSwisher: Cleveland first baseman Nick Swisher, celebrating the pinch-hit, two-out, two-run homer in the ninth by teammate Jason Giambi that gave the Indians a 5-4 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday. Cleveland is vying for its first AL playoff appearance since 2007.
? Congratulations @Braves ! Players, coaches, training staff and front office? keep it going! #weowntheeast #braves - @DaleMurphy3: Former Atlanta Braves great Dale Murphy saluting his former team on advancing to another postseason.
? It's about the front not the back of the jersey!! - @BringerOfRain20: A's third baseman Josh Donaldson.
My "favorite" tweets ?
? DENVER will win the SUPER BOWL this year - Peyton will not be stopped #BRONCOSBABY - @DickieV: College basketball analyst and sports enthusiast Dick Vitale. And you know this just three games into the NFL season? Let's call that an Overreaction, baby - with a capital O.
? I would like to apologize first to the fans, MLB, my teammates and the Brewers organization as well as the Braves organization. ? The way I carried myself on the field is unacceptable, I should have done better to control myself and set a good example. - @C_Gomez27: Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez after he was tossed from Wednesday's 4-0 victory over the Braves. Gomez was given the heave-ho in the first inning after he jacked a solo home run and then started yelling at pitcher Paul Maholm as he jogged around the bases. Braves catcher Brian McCann then stopped Gomez before he could cross the plate and the two got into a heated argument, which emptied the benches.
? Right now at 42, Favre could win more games than the current QBs in TBay, Jax, Minn, Cleve and maybe Ariz. - @RealSkipBayless: ESPN commentator and shock jock wannabe Skip Bayless. First comment: Brett Favre is actually 43 years old and turns 44 in October. Second comment: Favre last played in 2010 and isn't coming back. Third comment: Please go away, Skip.
What's your World Series matchup? Tweet and explain your answers using the hashtag #tellbrett. I'll publish select answers in an upcoming column. And give me a follow at @PCBrettC.
Last week's #tellbrett question: What do you like best about the Lambeau Field game day experience?
Pack Fan (@PackAttack32) - Friendly party atmosphere outside and the moment you walk through tunnel when you see the field whole stadium opens up.
Bob Becker (@TheBobBecker) - The national anthem and a Packer win.
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