And just like that, baseball has come to a merciful end. We, as a society, get to relax knowing that our only options for sports on Tuesdays and Wednesdays will not be found on MLB Network.
However, unlike 99% of baseball games, this World Series offered some A+ entertainment which hasn’t been seen since the 2016 Chicago Cubs championship. Now, unlike the Cubs/Indians World Series, everything noteworthy occured off the field.
You see, its the fans that make a sport like baseball great. They play a part in the viewing experience just as much as the players do. I’d argue that the greatest moments in baseball history have been at the hands of fans. In some cases, I mean hands quite literally.
Other times, they get in the mix, forcing security to give fans the opportunity to watch a real sport, even if just for a moment.
Now that I think about it, it doesn’t even have to be a person.
I mean, honestly, if you attend a game and don’t think that you have a role to play, buddy, you’re gonna end up with egg on your face. Or worse.
So when the World Series comes around, you know that the fans are gearing up for the biggest stage just as much as the players are. And this year did not dissapoint.
Each night, as games progress inning by inning, pressue is going to build and tension will be high. It’s at times like this that you have to look at the person next to you and believe that they can rise to the occasion, just as they believe that of you.
And before you knew it, when the camera panned over, with bright lights flashing, we witnessed a fan utilize an asset seldom seen outside of the confines of the white foul lines. With the eyes of a nation upon them, they knew what they had to do for the game, for us, and most importantly, their brand.
Did you think I meant something else?
This was hands down the best thing I’ve seen in baseball. I’ve seen every double play, diving catch, and moon shot home run. But I have never seen a fan sacrifice their sternum for a home run ball. It’s so rare to see something unique in baseball. I mean, hell, even holding onto babies trying to catch home run balls has been over played.
So I tip my cap to you, sir.
Thank you gor making baseball watchable again.
And that’s about it. I know I said two reasons in the title, but that would ruin the joke.
That’s showbiz baby.