I definitely hand it to the Milwaukee Brewers.
They swept my beloved St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, clinched a postseason berth and are now poised to win the one- game, wild-card game against who knows.
Congrats Brewers. You deserve it.
However, hold on folks. The Brewers want more champagne parties.
It's been a rainbow season. The entire Brewers organization, including general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell, have been instrumental in turning the franchise into a "WOW SEASON."
As players, coaches and front office personnel have echoed, there is still work to be done.
Jeremy Jeffress, one of the bullpen stars the entire season, said this: "We're not stopping. The season's not over yet. We're going to go home and play like we're going to win the division."
Lose and done is not in the Brewers vocabulary. They have greater things in mind. No wild-card playoff. They are hungry for the NL Central pennant, although a lot of dominoes must fall in their favor.
The league-leading Cubs are one-half game ahead of the Brewers for first place. But who knows, with more great play, the Brew Crew could be NL Central champions by Sunday night.
Here is the Cubs and Brewers status going into tonight's game.
CUBS (92-66, .582)
* Status: Clinched postseason berth. Lead MIL by a half-game in NL Central; lead ATL by 3 games for No. 1 seed in NL.
* Magic numbers: 4 (to clinch NL Central).
* Key tiebreaker: In the event of a tiebreaker game for the division title, the Cubs would have home-field advantage over the Brewers, by virtue of their 11-8 record vs. Milwaukee in the season series. In the event of a tie for the best record in the NL, the higher seed would be determined by intradivision record, since the Cubs and Braves each won three games apiece in the season series. Atlanta (48-24) would be awarded the higher seed over Chicago (38-34).
* Today's schedule: vs. PIT (7:05 p.m. CT).
* Key series remaining: Friday-Sunday vs. STL.
BREWERS (92-67, .579)
* Status: Clinched postseason berth. Trail Cubs by a half-game in NL Central.
* Elimination number: 4 (for NL Central).
* Key tiebreaker: If the Brewers finish the regular season tied with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central, the Cubs would host a tiebreaker game at Wrigley Field on Monday to determine the division champion, by virtue of Chicago's 11-8 season series record against Milwaukee.
The Brewers play host to the Detroit Tigers in a final three-game series beginning Friday.
An interesting weekend? That's putting it mildly.