Football has begun, basketball is right around the corner, so I should be shifting my focus away from the diamond?
What is this amateur hour? There’s no chance I’d tune out!
The baseball postseason is drama at its finest. I understand critics of the sport will mock it’s slow pace, and at times it can be tedious in April and May. However, the tedious nature of April and May lead to suspenseful, gut-wrenching, unbelievable moments throughout the month of October.
Every pitch, every play, every inning has so much meaning and significance.
In May, the thought of a 5.5-hour baseball game would drive the common fan nuts. In October, as I write this column at around 3 a.m. after a thriller between the Giants and the Cubs that finished just 20 minutes earlier, I can honestly say they could’ve played all night.
“Pace of play” is perhaps a point of concern for baseball in the summer months, but in the month of October, there’s no rush to see a playoff game come to an end.
So yeah, sadly the Yankees and the Mets are no longer playing baseball, but you’ll notice a lot of familiar faces.
In the American League, the Cleveland Indians are counting their lucky stars they gave the Yankees a king’s ransom for reliever Andrew Miller.
Miller was instrumental in leading the Indians to a three-game sweep in the ALDS over the Boston Red Sox.
The Indians will need another big series from Miller to help shorten the game against another of the Yankees’ AL East rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays appear to be a more complete baseball team, but having that great weapon in the back end of the bullpen could be an equalizer for the up-and-coming Indians.
In the National League, another former member of the formidable early-season Yankee bullpen is being counted on to help the Chicago Cubs make history.
Aroldis Chapman was brought to the Chicago Cubs as the missing piece to a team that is without question the most talented in all of baseball.
Chapman was called upon to get a six-out save to send the Cubs to the National League Championship Series.
Unlike his former Yankee teammate, Chapman stumbled against the battle-tested San Francisco Giants.
There will be more opportunities for the flame-throwing lefty, but the ability to get the job done in the month of October is where your legacy is defined.
There’s a very good chance that come next week, there could be a showdown in the ninth inning in a late-game situation in the NLCS that features Aroldis Chapman on the mound and the hero of the 2015 Mets postseason, Daniel Murphy, at the plate.
Murphy took his talents to Washington, put together an MVP-caliber season and, yes, has picked up right where he left off in the postseason.
Murphy is batting .400 in the first three games of the Nationals series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Quite the stunning development.
This postseason has a chance to have some incredible subplots and with some former Yankees and Mets playing leading roles, it should only add to the magic of October Baseball.
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