I removed the Magic Number, because a) it is essentially meaningless when up a half-game in the standings with 13 games left, and b) because I can no longer waste hours upon hours of my day dealing with e-mails like the this:
“SO U PUT UP THE STUPID @#$%& MAGIC NUMBER AGEIN AND WHAT HAPPENS METS BLOW 2 @#$%& GAMES ONE IN THE 8TH NOW IN THE 9TH THE FANS VOTED NOT TO DO IT AND U JUST DON’T GIVE A FLYING @#$%& YOUR A COMPLETE @#$%& I HOPE THEY DON’T MAKE THE @#$%& PLAYOFFS SO U CAN LIVE WITH IT FOREVER YOUR NO BETTER THEN BARTMAN U CAN TAKE YOUR @#$%& WEBSITE AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR @#$%&.”
I know, and you thought I was a bad speller.
Anyway, I do not believe in jinxes. I do, however, believe in hard work and getting things done during the day, which has been nearly impossible when having to field e-mails like the above over and over and over again.
So, while I realize that the majority of this site’s readers wanted the Magic Number to be posted, my inbox needs break.
I hope you understand.