October Baseball

October is my favorite time of year. Halloween has always been a personal favorite holiday of mine. The weather is almost perfect, and the new school year starts. There is one thing that tops all of that for me during this spooky month. That would be baseball. October is the best time of year to be a baseball fan. It is when the playoffs occur. Any sports fan would tell you that the playoffs in any sport usually produce most to all of the best games and moments of the year. It keeps you glued to the tv and can easily make anyone forget about the many stresses that life has to offer. When the stakes are raised the players are able to somehow channel that energy and raise their level of performance as well. The playoffs are viewed by millions of fans every year. This year is no different.

While we may not be in October yet, the playoffs are creeping up on everyones radar, players and fans alike. It is synonymous with the season of fall and the month of October.   The races for division leads and wild card spots are all integral parts of what makes this sport so special. For example, the powerhouse Los Angeles Dodgers lead the underdog Colorado Rockies by only half a game in the regular season standings. The St. Louis Cardinals are also in the race for the wild card spot. With a race that tight, all remaining regular season games matter immensely. While it may not be good for fans nerves or stomach, it is certainly good for the MLB. This is not the first time this has happened either. In fact, these intense races for the final playoff spots happen almost every year!

There is another aspect to October baseball besides intensity that make the playoffs so special. Baseball has always been a family sport. It almost seems as if you could pick any family in the United States and the oldest all the way down to the littlest of the family seem to enjoy the game of baseball. I can not even fathom just how many of us have at least one memory of going to the ballpark with our families. When the playoffs start this year I know I will be watching every game with my brother. I believe that the family aspect of the game has helped the game stay relevant in a world where things are changing at a rapid pace.

If any of you have not guessed by now, I am a big baseball fan. I know some of you may not like baseball or even sports in general. My hope is that this post has inspired you to give baseball a chance. Maybe it was the intensity that interested you. Maybe it was the quality time with family that interested you. Or maybe you just want to try something new. Whatever the case may be, it is my goal to influence at least a few people to try and get in on the fun of October baseball!


Watch this fun video of the all time home run king Barry Bonds hitting a home run in the world series!

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