Nothing is predictable
There is no better thing than a game 7. And it doesn't matter what sport you enjoy Baseball, Basketball or Hockey.
This. Is. It.
There is no tomorrow. The season is over.
When the final out is recorded, whether it be Friday night or Saturday morning, there will be a World Series Champion crowned.
But this is exactly what those two teams sought out for in the Spring Training, whether it was thought to be believable at one point during the 162-game regular season.
And with the way September went down in the MLB, one could have guessed this season would be played until its last day, when just one team went out on top.
Even if you don't enjoy spectator sports, there is something about The World Series that can attract many the attention of many, because baseball is America's Pastime, whether all of America agrees or not.
As a kid, I would read stories of legends like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. Icons before my time that shaped the game I grew to love.
I watched young stars and future Hall of Famers such as Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, while also watching the Atlanta Braves gain four World Series appearances, taking the 1995 title.
Yet only once did a Fall Classic the Braves participated in go to the final game, and that was the 1991 Series, where Kirby Puckett's walk-off sent the game to a seventh, as did David Freese's walk off in 2011.
But there is nothing more intriguing than a final game. A crowned champion. A no-questions asked winner.
And that's what America will get when the 27th, in all hopes, out is recorded.
Deem it as fitting that a series pitting the Texas Rangers, winners of the American League West en route to the franchises second World Series appearance, against the St. Louis Cardinals, the NL's most successful franchise and winners of the Wild Card on the seasons final day, overcoming an 8 1/2-game deficit to the Atlanta Braves to earn the final postseason spot.
Sports fans, especially baseball fans, know to expect anything, and when Freese sent Busch Stadium into a frenzy and the Rangers back to the hotel one more night, they got just what they didn't expect.
These situations aren't predictable. Numbers in these situations are thrown out the window. If you aren't on the edge of your seat, or biting your fingernails come Friday night, then you're within the unreachable.
I don't expect everyone to drop their lives for a game 7. It's a longshot, and even with my schedule, I know it is hard to do, but I know the magnitude of this game.
While the NBA and NHL Finals may go to a deciding 7th game a bit more frequent, Major League Baseball fans will see just the third game 7 in 10 years.
The first coming in 2001, when an upstart Arizona Diamondback club, led by veterans such as Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, Luis Gonzalez and Matt Williams led the 1996 expansion franchise to its first World Series title, which came against baseball's winningest franchise, the New York Yankees.
The second game in 2002, when the then-Anaheim Angels battled out of a 3-4 hole against the San Francisco Giants to take the first all-California World Series since 1988.
That's nine years since the last game 7.
The Stanley Cup has seen 6 deciding games since 2000, while the NBA Finals have seen just three, with the most recent finals going 7 games.
And for the first time in those nine years, baseball with join hockey and football as pushing its season to the limits. Only the official schedule-maker imagines this.
Why is that? Because before the season even starts, that person is already prepared for every imaginable "What If".
With that, I hope you enjoy game 7. I know it is no ordinary game, but when we look back at the 2011 MLB season and recall what happened, fans across the world will recall one of the most memorable seasons, and endings, to date.