BALTIMORE and WASHINGTON D.C. — Fall is in the air, and that can only mean one thing other than the changing of colors, the constant talk of Tim Tebow replacing Mark Sanchez and the email flood of Halloween party invites: the Major League Baseball playoffs!
Last year, I had the honor of helping MLB.com in its coverage of the Texas Rangers-Tampa Bay Rays ALDS series while in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field.
This year, I decided to visit my aunt in Virginia and witness both the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals reach the postseason for the first time in generations.
As a history buff, I couldn’t let the opportunity slip by to see the O’s at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in meaningful games (against the New York Yankees, nonetheless!) since 1997. Or the Nats (and their Natitude) proclaim the DC area ready for mid-October after a drought since 1933 when they were the Senators.
Below is a video I put together of my experience at Game 1 of the ALDS between the Yankees-O’s, where the boys from the Bronx scored five runs off closer Jim Johnson in the ninth for a 7-2 victory. I spoke with Austin, a 14-year-old boy who was born a year after Baltimore last made the playoffs.
It definitely puts the magnitude of the series into perspective.
With Game 5 upon us and the fate of both the O’s and Nats up in the air — hopefully not like George Clooney and his character’s somber ending — here’s to more dramatic finishes we’ve already had the pleasure to watch both in person and on TV.
My next blog entry will include some of my favorite photos I took while on my 2012 postseason trip.