And fallen idol Pete Rose? He’s just like the river Styx. No, wait, maybe Icarus?

San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou, after yesterday’s win over the Philadelphia Phillies kept his team in playoff contention, whips out his copy of Edith Hamilton and waxes rhapsodic on classic Greek mythology:

“The wild card is the purgatory of the lost,” Alou said. “It’s a place souls go and wait millions of years until redemption. We have had a tough time, but there was always the possibility of the wild card. There are so many teams in this purgatory.”