I suppose it’s appropriate that I should begin my baseball blog one day after one of the most exciting nights of baseball in history (September 28, 2011). The unfortunate part about it all is . . . I missed it. That’s right – I went to bed. I saw Tampa Bay losing 7-0 in the 7th, along with Boston hanging onto a 3-2 lead. I saw St. Louis winning by 7, and Atlanta holding a 3-2 lead late. My thought process was – at worst Boston will have to play a play-in game on Thursday, if they blow their lead, and at best Atlanta holds onto their lead, and they have a play-in game for the NL Wild Card.
Imagine my shock when I woke up this morning. The two teams that have played some of the worst baseball in the month of September proved why they don’t belong in the 2010 playoffs. Just after Boston choked up another loss, the Rays walk off with a win in 12 innings, giving them the Wild Card. And, Atlanta gives up the lead, the game, and their hopes of the playoffs, as St. Louis rolls into the postseason. It’s amazing to think that Boston had the best record in the American League at the beginning of the month. It’s hard to imagine that Atlanta had the second-best record in the NL at the beginning of September. Two of the most historic collapses in baseball history . . . in the same season.
As a baseball fan, I love it! I feel bad for Red Sox & Braves fans, but watching Longoria round the bases gives me chills! This is what makes baseball so great. As Brad Pitt’s character, Billy Beane, says, in the movie MoneyBall, “How can you not be romantic about baseball?”
And, that, my friends, is exactly what this blog is going to be all about. This blog is for those who are truly in love with the game. I won’t be writing about the disparity between the Yankees’ payroll and the Pirates’ – except on the rare occasion that it’s pertinent to an intriguing story. I won’t be writing about the ridiculous things that come out of Ozzie Guillen’s mouth. I really don’t even want to spend much time talking about rule changes, or additional playoff teams, or instant replay, etc. I want to write about the plays, games, players, and teams that we love. This is for the passionate baseball fan. I hope not to disappoint . . . .