CINCINNATI -- The first goal is under glass now, the National League Central championship for the Cincinnati Reds.
And with nine games left in the season, the questions are, "Where to and what now?" What is there to maintain the interest for two weeks before the playoffs commence?
It would be easy for the team to relax, lick its wounds from the long, long season and to spend the time to recuperate and regenerate.
There is, though, one problem. After Sunday night's 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Reds have nine games remaining, three each with Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. All three teams are still within grasps of a wild card invitation.
So wouldn't it behoove the Reds to put their best feet on the field, do their best to win each game as a matter of maintaining baseball's integrity?
And then there is the matter of the seeding for the postseason. The Reds and the Washington Nationals are chest-to-chest for the best record in the National League, so shouldn't the...