There’s something magical about October, the weather gets colder, leaves start to change, there’s just this all around different feeling to October baseball as opposed to the regular season that is almost indescribable. Now, although I am a Red Sox fan and my World Series hopes are over this season, I still have this wonderful feeling running through my body as I watch postseason baseball.
As I think back to growing up watching the sport I have loved since I was three years old, some of the most amazing moments, good or bad, have come from Postseason Baseball.
Dave Roberts stealing 2nd, followed by Billy Mueller’s single to score Roberts and tie the game in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees.
I remember 9 year-old me, sitting in my living room 2 feet away from the TV. I remember how excited I was as this playoffs series was the first time my parents let me stay up past my bed time so I would be able to watch every Red Sox game in the Playoffs. I remember jumping around my house yelling, “The Sox have a chance!”
That same night, still awake at around 1 in the morning watching David Ortiz in the 12th inning, finally end the game with a walk-of home run to extend the series to a Game 5 the next day.
I was yelling so loud I think I woke up the entire street.
Curt Schilling with the bloody sock in Game 6 of the ALCS will forever be the most iconic sock in the history of the existence of socks.
The Red Sox coming back from a 3-0 series against the Yankees.
Jonathan Papelbon‘s Irish step dancing in the 2007 ALCS Championship will forever be my favorite dance of all time.
I remember going to Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS against the Tigers, down 5 to 1 in the bottom of the 8th to the Tigers. I sat there, in the October cold with bases loaded and Big Papi coming up and I remember just thinking to myself…”Papi is going to do it”. and then one of the most beautiful hits I have ever witness happened.
Big Papi did it, he tied the game which resulted in a Salty walk-off hit to take Game 2 from the Tigers. Watching Tori Hunter flip over that wall had to be one of the greatest moments I had ever seen, there was a split second where you thought to yourself, “Did he just catch that ball?” and then you see that cop raise his hands up in excitement and instantly the entire stadium erupted in cheers. Hands down my greatest moment at Fenway Park.
Now obviously I am a little gifted, being a Boston fan, I have had the luxury of being able to witness all of these great moments, but the point I am trying to make is that, Postseason baseball is one of the most amazing times of the year. What makes it so amazing is that any player, at any time has the ability to change history.
Dave Roberts was an old, not very skilled, but fast outfielder. He didn’t create that situation for himself. Kevin Millar, the slowest baseball player in history, happened to draw a walk from the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera, which gave Roberts the chance to be a pinch runner, and was able to make that steal by a fraction of a centimeter. Do you think there was a single human being on the planet that said “Dave Roberts is going to be an intricate part of the Red Sox coming back 4 games to nothing in the ALCS, which would lead them to their first World Series in 86 years”? Of Course not! People didn’t know who he was until this play happened. That’s what makes this game so amazing is literally any player can have the opportunity to change history for ever.
So wether you’re a Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, or any other fan, be excited to watch postseason baseball, because at any second of any game someone could make a play that changes history forever.
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