I'm writing this while watching the Dodgers final home game of the season on TV. And it is a meaningless game. Thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals who defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier today, the Dodgers took the field tonight as the champions of the west. The Ancient One is feeling rather happy and content at the moment. Hopefully, that feeling will continue through the playoffs and World Series.
A historical note: As I recall from when I was growing up in Detroit several decades ago, the phrase "champions of the west" was a line in the University of Michigan fight song. It had great meaning to the population of southeastern Michigan. Tonight it a meaningful phrase again for those of us on the left coast who now wait to see which team from "back east" the Dodgers will face in the first round of the playoffs opening next week.