I see this morning that the Dodgers are 11 1/2 out of first. Will they win the NL West? We all know they won't. But they could. I can't help but remember my early years as a baseball fan. The Dodgers were cruising in August 1951. They had been 8 games up on the Giants in July and on August 11, 1951 they had stretched it out to 13 1/2 games. There were just 44 games remaining in the season. The Giants had no chance, but someone forgot to explain the laws of probability to them. When Bobby Thomson hit the home run known as The Shot Heard Round The World that won the pennant for the Giants in a three-game playoff, it was an incredible shock to fans everywhere. The Miracle of Coogan's Bluff was not just about one hit in one game. Everyone at the park and listening to the radio that day (including me) had watched the Giants claw they way back into it, inning by inning, day by day, as the dog days of August turned into September.
The Dodgers haven't been very good this year, but there are 54 games remaining in the season. Maybe there is another miracle available somewhere. Maybe they will call up a rookie that sets them on fire. The Giants called up a kid named Willie in 51. He went on to have a pretty good career.
Ever since the summer of 1951, I never give up hope until there is none left to give.