That’s a strong claim isn’t it? But how could anyone really argue with it? The last day of the baseball season and the wild card team in each league still had to be decided. Both the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves had epic collapses during the month, the Red Sox having fallen 9 games from the lead to be tied with the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Braves 8-1/2 games to be tied with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Two games went into extra innings, the Rays coming from a 7-0 deficit to tie the Yankees in the bottom of the bottom of the 9th inning 7-7 and the Braves having blown their lead against the Phillies in the top of the 9th inning. The Red Sox meanwhile had a 3-2 lead over the Orioles going into the bottom of the 9th.
In the bottom of the 9th, with Papelbon on the mound and 2 outs, the Red Sox pitcher blew it and the Orioles scored twice to win. Meanwhile in Tampa Bay the Rays/Yankees were in the bottom of the 12th with one out when Even Longoria popped one just barely out of the park to win the game.
In Atlanta, tied in the 13th inning, Hunter Pence hits a single to bring in a run for the Phillies breaking the tie. The Braves couldn’t score in the bottom of the 13th giving the National League Wild Card to the Cardinals.
People say baseball isn’t exciting and with a 162 game season there is a lot of baseball to watch. But then there days like yesterday, where the streams of events of a whole season come down to a single point, a day where entries into the post season still haven’t been decided and the teams in the chase are battling down to the last batter trying to get in. Those moments make it all worthwhile.
Thinking back to seasons like 2004 where the Red Sox came back against the Yankees in game 4 of the ALCS trailing 4-3 in the 9th inning. They won 4 games in a row and made it to the World Series where they swept the Cardinals to win the World Series for the first time since 1918.
Or the 2005 Houston Astros who were the second team in MLB history to get to the post season after starting the season with a 15-30 record. They went on to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
So don’t tell me how baseball is boring. That just means you aren’t watching.