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So, with our playoff odds now into single digits, at 9.6%, do we have any enthusiasm left for the rest of the season? What do we have to look forward to? How do we keep interested in the fiasco which has been the past three weeks of Diamondbacks baseball? Poke it with a stick? If you had tickets for this weekends series against the Reds, would you bother to go?

Elsewhere, Tim Brown reviews the NL MVP candidates. No Diamondbacks' players need bother clicking on the link. The Angels became the first team to clinch a spot in the post-season, but Tom Verducci grumps about K-rod being the poster boy for the closer mentality. He says, "What began as a good idea with Bruce Sutter and Dennis Ecklersley -- keep your best reliever available for as many close and late leads as possible -- has become bastardized into a universally embraced uber-specialization." And we are currently 19th on Google News when you search there for "the end of the world".

And, of course, it's the seventh anniversary of 9/11. This is what fans at each ballpark todayy will hear over the PA, followed by a moment of silence.

Seven years ago, our nation was shocked to see the scenes of disaster at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. However, our resolve as a nation enabled us to band together and unify ourselves in the cause to defend our way of life and to honor the victims of the terribly tragic events. At this time, we ask that you please join us as we say 'We Shall Not Forget' and honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks during a Moment of Remembrance.