"Some of our players weren't even born back then," Jason Smorol says about the Syracuse Chiefs' winning their Division Championship for the first time in 25 years, since 1989. He was our guest on Weekend Today in Central NY on Saturday morning.
The clinching win, on Saturday night, was on the road, and the team celebrated after by the traditional champagne cork popping in the locker room. But Smorol says the last two games in the regular season will be a celebration for the fans, here in Syracuse.
Sunday's game, scheduled for 6:30 (weather permitting) is a Family Sunday event, with kids under 12 running the bases at conclusion, and fireworks after.
Monday is fan appreciation day, with a 2pm start. If the Sunday game is rained out, they'll play a double header on Labor Day.
Buffalo is the opponent in both, and Smorol says they have a reason to play hard: they're still fighting for a spot in the playoffs.
September 1 (Monday) will see changes in the Chiefs' staff, because it's the day Major Leage teams can expand their roster. Smorol expects to lose players, but points out that the parent team Washington Nationals are really strong already. All minor league teams the Chiefs will be facing will also lose players to callups.
The playoffs will start on the road for the first two games of the best of 5-games series, against a yet to be determined wild card opponent. The Chiefs will be home Friday night for game 3, as well as 4 and 5, if needed. That's the first round of the playoffs. Hopefully the Syracuse Chiefs advance to the second. You can follow them on their website, or on social media.