America’s pastime rejuvenated

By Matt Campbell
October 28, 2004

Scott Fobes

What once was America’s pastime was changed into another product of our nations commercialism. That is until the American League Championship Series and the atmosphere of postseason baseball rejuvenated the American spirit in baseball that has been missing for years.

The Major League Baseball season consists of 160 games. How can the public get excited about games when there seems to be nothing on the line? Players perform day in and day out, for their multi-million dollar salaries.

Baseball lost my interest since I grew out of the age of collecting baseball cards. Not since last years appearances of the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox in postseason baseball did my interest in the sport return. This year it was the Red Sox and the Yankees ALCS series that I consider the best baseball I have ever seen and quite possibly the best I will ever see in my lifetime.

The two great cities of New York and Boston have a tremendous fan base that sparks any person to watch the two teams battle head to head. The history of this series created an atmosphere of hope and longing for the Red Sox and their fans. The Yankees on the other hand have dominated the sport for the last decade.

When the two teams met in October this year I saw more people become Red Sox fans out of hatred for the Yankees and simply for the electricity that comes with this match up.

The history of this series did not disappoint this year when the Yankees got ahead in the series three games to none with clutch hitters like Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams and great pitching from Mike Mussina and Jon Lieber. Down three games in a best out of seven series, the Red Sox were faced with winning four straight, a feat never before done in MLB history.

The excitement of this series made fans out of anyone as Boston continued to believe “why not us” and rallied back to tie the series after being one inning away from elimination in back to back extra inning games.

The fairy tale ending was complete when the triumphant comeback sent the Red Sox into the World Series and the Yankees back to New York to most likely acquire more studs.

Regardless of whether the Red Sox win the World Series, nothing can compare to a Red Sox and Yankees postseason series.

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