Friday, September 30, 2011

Greatest Night in Baseball

The regular baseball season is now ended. But what a finish. I have longed to see the Orioles play meaningful baseball during September--and this season at least I got my wish.

Wednesday night will probably be recorded as one of the wildest finishes in all of baseball history with the collapse of the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves and the ascension into the playoffs of the Tampa Bay Rays and the St Louis Cardinals.

But a part of the magic belonged to the O's who stormed onto the field for the last time this season after completing a bottom of the ninth inning rally to defeat the Red Sox and hold the door for open for the Rays, who just three minutes later stepped into the playoffs via a walk off bottom of the twelfth inning home run to overcome a 7 run deficit to the Yankees.

Sadly, I was asleep at the time. I had given up on the O's and the Rays. Never again!

Baseball is a wild sport and until the last out is recorded--anything can happen.

It warmed my heart to see the national sports media showing highlights of an O's game over and over again during the day. The way the players streamed out onto the field after the last out would only have been better if they themselves were headed into the playoffs. But at least the Orioles were a big part of the greatest finish in baseball history--as it has been called.

I am already dreaming of next year--maybe we will be better and be playing ourselves into the playoffs rather than ushering Boston out.

But the winter is coming and there are so many things that will happen between now and April.

For a day or two though, the O's were in the spotlight--in a good way.

And now it is onto the playoffs. I'm liking the Rays in the AL and the Diamondbacks in the NL. Betting money though is on the Yankees and the Phillies.

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