The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping – it’s the perfect time of year to put a big pot of your favorite soup on, curl up and watch
With the NFL season beginning with a series of upsetting headlines from players and questionable action (or lack of) by the league, the NFL in general has left a bad taste in my mouth. This extreme rough patch just continued to confirm my thinking (as well as others) that the NFL is a ticking time bomb.
So I very happily (I’ve been over the NFL for a while) decided to turn my full focus to the diamond. October, to me, means playoff baseball, and ratings show, I’m not the only one. Here are a few bullets to further my encouragement in favor of a pro-baseball fall season.
Derek Jeter: Yes, he’s retired (tears). But when the sporting world needed it most, Derek Jeter was our knight in shining pinstripes, hitting a walk off in his last home game EVER. The game, by playoff standings meant nothing, but to Yankee fans (and sports fans alike) it meant everything. This event allowed fans to:
• Get in the playoff spirit and ready for baseball to rule our households in October.
• Close the book on Jeter’s storied career just as they had hoped, doing what he has done best – winning.
This moment embodied what I love about baseball. Stay tuned to seeing how the MLB will find and deliver their next face of the sport.
Kansas City Royals: For the first time since 1985, the Royals are back in the playoffs. KC, worth $490 million, is listed as 29 out of 30 on Forbes.com’s Business of Baseball list of the most valuable MLB teams. And here they are, winning the AL Wild Card game over the Oakland A’s in dramatic walk-off fashion, and sweeping their way past the league’s best Los Angeles Angels. Next up, the AL East-winning Baltimore Orioles.
Can the 15 seed upset their way to the championship game? I can’t wait to find out.