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Are you ready for some baseball?

September 29th, 2011

That’s right, folks. I said it. The famous “Monday Night Football” introduction asks, “Are you ready for some football?” but I’m asking if you’re ready for some baseball instead.

Yes, I know the 2011 Major League Baseball season started nearly six months ago. I’m talking about a different kind of baseball  fans need to get ready for: playoff baseball.

The 2011 MLB regular season ended yesterday, signaling the start of the the 2011 MLB playoffs. Eight teams will compete in the postseason as each team has its eyes on one goal: winning the World Series.

Cleveland sports fans might not want to talk about the playoffs, as the Indians collapsed in the second half of the regular season, leaving them out of the playoffs this year.

Luckily for me, I’m a Yankees fan. That’s not the point though. The point is that while NFL and NCAA football seasons are now in full swing, I’ll be focusing on the MLB playoffs. I love football, but when it comes to October – all other sports take a backseat to baseball for me.

As a Yankees fan, I’m digging my boots in and preparing for the gauntlet known as the MLB playoffs. If you’re lucky, your favorite MLB team made the postseason as well. If you’re not so lucky, then you’re lucky football season is here.

Whether your team is in the playoffs or not, any true baseball fan can find satisfaction in watching MLB playoff baseball.

The postseason is where not only heroes are made, but memories as well. How do you think Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter got the nickname “Mr. November”?  In the 10th inning of game four of the 2001 World Series, the clock literally struck midnight at Yankee Stadium. The scoreboard flashed “Welcome to November baseball,” marking the first time the MLB playoffs had been played in November (the World Series was delayed due to 9/11).

In the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs and the score tied at three, Jeter drove a pitch over the right field wall, giving the Yankees the 4-3 win on his walkoff homerun. From then on, Jeter has been known as “Mr. November.”

That’s how baseball heroes and memories are made, and that’s just one example.

So who will be the hero of the 2011 postseason? Who will make memories that last you a lifetime? Only time will tell. One thing is for certain though: Like every other postseason, the 2011 postseason will be a memorable one.

 

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