So Flipping Lucky

This week has been a blur. With the play-off push and the constant calculation of the magic number and the endless explanation to everyone around me of what the “magic number” is and how it is calculated and what makes it so magical; I just plain missed covering an epic event in the Arizona Diamondbacks 2007 season. No it is not that the Diamondbacks have the National League’s best record since the all-star break. That is note worthy and makes a great back story but not necessarily something I want to write about. I’ll probably change my mind and dedicate two whole weeks to discussing how the Diamondbacks went from an also-ran limping into the all-star break to a force to be reckoned with by season end. Who knows, maybe that will be the basis for a piece that describes when fortunes turned and led ultimately to a world championship against the hated Boston Red Sox (this is new for me. For years it was the hated New York Yankees but now that the Red Sox have won one work series in like 78 years they have become more obnoxious than the Yankees). Still, I’m not here to take on the Red Sox nation (yet). Instead I want to talk about Flipping Friday.


How is Flipping Friday not a national holiday? I mean Hallmark has made pretty much every other day a holiday; why not Flipping Friday? There is a Pi Day and a Pi Approximation Day where they celebrate the calculation of Pi (for those who don’t have it marked on their calendar it is March 14 which incidently is 3/14 and festivities begin at Pi minute making the date 3/14 1:59:26 PM) and you get a free slice of pie at the University of Waterloo. If that can be a holiday then Flipping Friday is definitely a candidate. What though is Flipping Friday? Well that is the day that Major League Baseball sets aside to do coin flips to determine home field advantage of tie breaking situations should the regular season end in a tie. The mathematicians at league headquarters attempt to determine the various permutations of who could potentially face who in a tie. There would need to be mini play-off games played to decide who would get into the post season. Each of these potential mini play-off games would need to be played somewhere and so team representatives for each of the scenarios would conduct a coin-flip to determine which team would be the home team. Considering the number of teams still in contention for the post season, the number of scenarios has gotten quite large. From the perspective of the Arizona Diamondbacks they are involved in only a few of these scenarios. Specifically their scenarios are against other National League West teams to determine who would win the division. In each coin flip the Diamondbacks showed why they are one of the hottest teams in the second half of the season. Arizona swept the coin flips against the Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres. This means that if the Diamondbacks end the season tied with any team in the National League West, a one game play-off would be played at Chase Field. This may not seem like a big deal but if for some unknown reason there ends up being a tie-breaker game that will be one more game that we would otherwise not get to see. Anytime there is a possibility for an extra game at Chase Field that’s a good thing.


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