October has finally arrived, and while most people are excited for fall festivities and haunted hayrides, the forgotten gem of the month is the baseball postseason.
For the casual baseball fan, this is the time of year to turn on some games and see those special moments.
Last year’s playoffs featured one of the most memorable outcomes in recent history that was full of unforgettable plays and moments. Ultimately, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians made it to the World Series, two teams that hadn’t won a title in 108 years and 68 years, respectively.
Last year’s World Series was a thrilling seven-game series that featured the Cubs coming back from being down by three runs to take it all, ending their 108-year drought.
The final game of the series drew over 40 million viewers, which was the largest audience since the 1991 World Series, with the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins playing. It is going to be tough following up a great series like last year’s, but the potential teams for this year should not disappoint.
This year’s field included the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals. These eight teams battled it out over the course of October to try and earn a spot in the World Series.
The series is scheduled to begin on Oct. 24 and could potentially go through Nov. 1.
Baseball’s regular season has 162 games, which can be time-consuming for the average viewer, so the playoffs are when you see more excitement for the game.
“I don’t really watch baseball during the regular season,” said student, Gio Gonzalez. “I like the atmosphere better when the playoffs start because the games start to get more interesting to me.”
Watching a batter hit a home run in mid-July is still exciting, but when a home run is hit during the postseason, you can see the difference in emotion from the players and fans.
There’s not one single aspect of the playoffs that add
s to the emotion: it’s a combination of atmosphere, emotion, and added urgency. This is what makes the playoffs such a fun and unpredictable event every October.
Regardless of where you go, the playoffs are everywhere. Whether it is a local sports bar to meet with friends for wings or sitting down for a family dinner, televisions everywhere are tuned in to the Major League Baseball playoffs. A great example of a perfect place to watch the playoffs is PizzaDilly.
PizzaDilly is a Dodgers-themed pizza restaurant in Colton where many Dodgers fans gathered on Oct. 5 to watch the Dodgers vs Diamondbacks game. Owner Anthony Lewis sees a difference in his customer’s enthusiasm during the regular season and during the postseason.
“Everybody has their eyes on the TVs around the restaurant and can’t take them off,” said Lewis. “During the regular season, you see people come in for a few innings and take off, but if you come in during the playoffs, you’re here for a few hours.”
Now the final four teams have been set as the championship series startup. The Yankees are set to take on the Astros in the American League and the Dodgers are set to take on the Cubs in the National League.
With teams from four major cities–Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and Chicago–everyone will have a team to root for.
Whether you want to cheer for Clayton Kershaw and the hometown Dodgers or the rookie sensation, California local Aaron Judge with the New York Yankees, baseball playoffs are ramping up for one crazy month.