This is exactly what Major League Baseball needed.
Maybe not necessarily what it wanted in a World Series (Yankees vs. Phillies would have probably been a better draw and led to more eyeballs watching the games), but this has been as exciting a Fall Classic as you’re going to see.
The World Series is going to a Game 7.
Everyone isn’t a baseball fan — I get that. These World Series games have been barely drawing better ratings than a mediocre Monday Night Football game. There’s no doubt that football is king in the U.S. these days.
But how can you pass up a Game 7?
I’ll watch a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals, even if it’s two hockey teams that I’ve never watched before. I’d watch a Game 7 of the MLS Final if that’s how they did things. So even if you’re not a fan of baseball, you have to watch tonight’s deciding game.
And here’s why.
This isn’t two teams with $300 million payrolls that have won multiple championships already. The Cardinals may be a storied franchise that won a World Series less than five years ago, but they’re an exciting baseball team that never quits. Thus, you get a classic in Game 6 on Thursday night, where the Redbirds were down to their final strike twice, but still fought back enough times to win 10-9 in 11 innings.
That’s too cool.
Then, you have the Rangers, a collection of stellar players, most of whom have never won a World Series. They’ve been one of the Goliaths in baseball for most of the season, and they mowed through the American League en route to their second consecutive World Series appearance. Now, they’re still one win away from their first title since they moved to Dallas.
If the Rangers win, do they become the new Titletown? Sorry Boston, but it’s all about “What have you done for me lately,” and this would be two championships in four months for the city of Dallas (the Mavericks’ win over the Heatles in the NBA Finals is the other).
Now, to be fair, I have to come clean on a few things. First of all, I predicted the Rangers would win this series in six games, and on two separate occasions last night, they were one pitch from proving me right. But they didn’t, so I guess this further proves my theory that moving to Vegas to be an odds maker would be a massive failure of a career.
Secondly, I went to bed after eight innings last night and missed all the drama. I’m like the rest of the country — I had a long week of work and needed sleep. If FOX wants us to see the 11th-inning magic, they would start the games earlier so that inning isn’t played at 12:45 a.m. on a Thursday night/Friday morning.
But I won’t be heading to sleep before tonight’s Game 7 is decided. And you shouldn’t, either.