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The KC Royals run to the World Series in 2014 and 2015 allowed the current generation of fans to experience playoff baseball. They discovered that regular season is nothing but a dim echo of watching your team in October.
*THIS POST WAS INITIALLY WRITTEN AFTER THE ROYALS 2014 WORLD SERIES RUN, BUT WAS UPDATED IN MAY OF 2017 BECAUSE UM… YA KNOW… THE ROYALS HAVE WON THE WORLD SERIES SINCE THEN*
For some reason, baseball is a much better game in the playoffs. Those time gaps that bore you to tears during the regular season fly past in the post-season. Every little action is magnified by pressure.
Postseason drama does more for baseball than it does any other sport, including football.
The heightened drama forces us to notice what we usually ignore. Fans learn more about the craft of baseball during the playoffs than at any other time.
The playoffs are baseball at its best, but to really appreciate it, you need a rooting interest. The Kansas City Royals playoff run made me remember how that anticipation can burst into mania when your team makes a game-turning play.
Those moments are fabulous.
Not all of them come during the playoffs, but your team needs to be relevant in the playoff chase to get the full effect.
For some reason, baseball seems to have better “moments” than football, basketball, hockey, and even soccer. I think the time gaps in baseball give you ample time to relish the full impact of what has just taken place before play resumes.
That’s why a clock would hurt baseball. If MLB makes a move in that direction, any clock needs to get turned off during the playoffs. Long game times aren’t such a problem when you’re playing on the grand stage.
Think about it. How much boredom did you suffer during October? I know I didn’t have time to get bored with all the effort it took to keep from bouncing off the walls.
What follows are the ten moments in Kansas City Royals history that I will never forget:
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