To be a baseball fan requires a certain amount of patience. It has one of the longest seasons in professional sports, asking fans to tune in for (or record on their TiVo!) 162 games from April to October – and that is just the regular season. But ask anyone, the MLB’s playoffs provide as much, if not more drama than anything else on your TiVo – where the fate of an entire season can hinge on a single pitch. And here we are, with November on the horizon, and the World Series is finally here. So how did we get to this point? Let’s examine:
- After a 2012 season that many in Beantown would rather forget about, the Red Sox turned a 68-win season into a team that fell just short of winning 100 games (a remarkable turn-around). Ready for another October run, the Sox defeated their division rival, the Tampa Bay Rays in five games in the American League Divisional Series (ALDS). In the Championship Series (ALCS), they dispatched the Detroit Tigers in six games on the bats of David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, who both hit amazing, “tell your grandkids for generations” grand slams to send the Red Sox to where they are today, back in the World Series.
- For much of the season, the National League Central was considered the best in baseball. As the regular season came to a close, it was the Cardinals sitting on top the standings. They first took care of division rival and potential Cinderella story, the Pittsburg Pirates in five games. The prize for advancing? Baseball’s hottest team in the second half of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Behind stellar pitching performances from Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha, the Cardinals sent the Dodgers players packing back to California. The Cardinals have 11 world championships and are now looking for number 12.
It’s baked beans vs. barbeque, it’s Jon Hamm vs. Ben Affleck and it’s the Red Sox vs. the Cardinals. So who wins? It’s cliché to say that the team who wants it more is going to win, but this year, it might really be the case. Only time will tell as these two historical franchises will sacrifice it all over the next two weeks to become the 2013 World Series Champions.
When you go to record these World Series games, remember to set your TiVo for longer than the program is scheduled so that you don’t miss any extra-innings! So which team will you be rooting for?