September is over and October
is finally here. It’s a month known
for cooler temperatures and beautiful
colors, but to baseball fans it means
only one thing; the postseason.
Stakes are rarely higher in sports,
as ten teams fight for one of the
greatest honors in sports, the World
However, in my experience of
watching postseason play, I come to
find that very few sports fans actually
take part in watching this great fall
Why is that the case? Casual
sports fan tend to believe that baseball
is boring and not worth wasting three
hours of their time watching.
I’m here to say that there is no
better time than this October to get
into the wild, wacky and exciting
world of postseason baseball.
The excuse that baseball is boring
is not allowed during the postseason.
Games are played with a higher sense
That threat pushes players to
extremes that they rarely experience.
Players that you have never heard
of, like the entire Oakland Athleticsroster, come up in big
situations and deliver.
The Oakland team leads
to my next point. Postseason
baseball is a time where the
underdog shines, and who
doesn’t love an underdog?
To win the World Series,
all a team needs to do is win
11 games, 12 if you’re in the
wild card. This plays into the
hands of teams that are hot
coming into the postseason.
When the pressure is on, anything can happen, and usually it does. This year teams like the Rays, Pirates
and Athletics are in the postseason,
despite having minuscule payrolls
and rosters that include many
If these teams can come in and
stay hot, they could shock the entire
sports world and pull out a World
Series title. This is the year of the
underdog, and sports fans shouldn’t
miss out on what could happen.
In baseball, the unexpected
is always happening. Players step
up that have never done so in their
life. Pitchers throw shutouts after
being roughed up during the regular
season. Rookies sometimes outplay
guys that have been playing for tenseasons.
A player that has only a few home runs during the season could be
called on to pinch hit in extra innings
and hit a homerun; just like Jose
Lobaton for the Rays this postseason.
A rookie pitcher that fans of
their team may have never heard of
could carry a no hitter into the eighth
inning; does the Cardinal’s Michael
Wacha ring a bell this year?
The postseason is a time for
separating the boys from the men. It’s
when the game’s greatest stars play
their best ball. Careers can be made
and careers can be tainted forever just
by a single play.
Kirk Gibson’s magical walk off
home run for the Dodgers in the 1988
World Series is something that he will always be remembered for.
Bill Buckner letting the ball go between his legs, leading to the
Mets defeating the Red Sox in the
1986 series will live in infamy for an
The postseason is kind of like
a good book. It may be long and it
may take a while to finish it, but the
pay off at the end makes the entire
Postseason baseball is where
magic happens, don’t be the one that
misses it this year.