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March Comes Early

My friend Paul, a reporter in Metro, compared last night's major league action to the NCAA basketball tournament. And how right he was.

Three games -- the Mets-Cubs, Brewers-Pirates and Twins-White Sox -- all ended within 57 minutes of each other and all three ended with a walk-off hit. Thanks to the magic of, it was reminiscent of the first Saturday and Sunday of March Madness as I was able to bounce around the country to see these games come to their stunning conclusions.

The biggest victory of the night went to the Mets, who after falling behind 6-3 scored four times in the last three innings to overcome the Cubs and momentarily put a stop to the talk of another September collapse. A big shout-out also goes to the Shea Stadium faithful -- all 10,000 or so -- who stuck it out in miserable conditions to watch until the end.

Meantime, there were rumblings out of Milwaukee this morning that Brewers fans were unhappy with Lou Piniella because he chose not to play all his regulars as the Cubs prepare for the postseason. Please, Lou Piniella and the Cubs owe Milwaukee nothing. Brewers fans should only worry about their team taking care of business this weekend -- against those same Cubs, mind you -- if they want to qualify for the postseason.

By Tom Heleba  |  September 26, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
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