Two socially important things happen every year in late September: The baseball season ends for teams that don't make the playoffs and back-to-school nights inevitably take place.
In the first instance, the players representing our home team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, have been sleepwalking ever since they hosted the All-Star game in mid-July.
They've been wandering off base without a compass. Failing to keep track of the outs. Throwing to the wrong base.
But most of all, leaving hosts of base runners stranded in scoring position. Faced with such a sad galaxy, about my only good baseball news is that I won't get tapped for playoff tickets, thereby saving enough money for a down payment on a house — or maybe just a car.