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09/17/2013 9:05 PM

09/17/2013 9:05 PM

One of the strange things about following a team through a playoff chase is that everything that happens is the most important thing that’s happening at that moment. All of the things that people complain about baseball turn into all of the things that make baseball so incredible. Too much time between pitches becomes addicting suspense. Scoreless innings become enthralling drama. Games become appointment television, storylines become dominant conversation. We’ve seen a bit of that the last two days with the Royals. Sunday, Ned Yost made his biggest mistake with the Royals^, and then Monday James Shields shoved and Sal Perez mashed and the Royals pulled back to within 2 ½ games of a playoff spot. This is how it goes with meaningful baseball. Nobody around here has had to worry much about that for a while. This week’s eating recommendation is the Boulevard Brat at Kauffman Stadium, because they had me at "Boulevard." The reading recommendation isn’t going to be for everyone, but this is a really powerful and personal essay about caring for an older dog. Very busy week, so let’s get to it. As always, thanks for the help and for reading.

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