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Baseball Pennant Fever Sweeps San Francisco Bay Area - 2004-09-27

The Major League Baseball season is winding down, but the National League championship race is heating up. The San Francisco Giants are two-and-a-half games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West and a half game behind the Chicago Cubs for the wild card slot. Pennant fever is sweeping the Bay Area.

The regular baseball season isn't over until next Sunday, and although the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs are favored to get into the playoffs, it is baseball, and anything can happen.

Henry Shulman, Giants beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, says it's fun for him as a reporter, because the season's end is an unpredictable roller coaster ride, with every pitch intense, and it's the same for Giants fans.

"You really can't think of anything else," he said. "I know people are going to go to work Monday morning, with a week left to go in the regular season here, and they're going to pretend like the work is the most important thing in their lives, and it's really not. The most important thing in their lives is going to be Tuesday night, when the Giants play the Padres and the Cubs play the Reds and the Dodgers play the Rockies."

The Giants and the Dodgers end the season playing each other. Henry Shulman says it's a drawback for the giants to play their last games on the road, while the Dodgers and the Cubs play at home, but, as they say in baseball, it ain't over 'til it's over.