Did you, like me, sit slack-jawed in front of the television (laptop, iPad, etc) on Wednesday, as all the playoff drama unfolded before us? Most amazing night of baseball I’ve ever seen, and our friend Joe Posnanski captures it brilliantly.

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  1. I did. Enjoyed the drama immensely. My only disappointment was that the Braves lost and the WLB’s won…

  2. That’s the most exciting baseball I’ve ever experienced since exactly one year earlier, and the timing of the rain delay couldn’t have been better. Heck, the ESPN production department couldn’t have timed all the events better for maximum dramatic impact.

    I loved the last line of that Posnanski piece. That’s exactly what made Wednesday night so special, for those of us without a real dog in the hunt.

  3. There is nothing in baseball as jarring as a blind-side hit, as jaw-dropping as a perfect alley-oop, as tense and heart-pounding as a breakaway.

    And the hard thing to explain, the impossible thing, is that many of us love baseball not in spite of these failings, but because of them.

  4. Will have to read the Posnanski piece later, thanks for posting it. But I’ll put in my two cents now. That nite showed number 1 that major league baseball is the greatest spectator sport in the world – I can’t imagine a better sport.

    The wild ending of the wild card races was reminiscent of great pennant races past – the key being that only one team makes it, the other goes home as their fans experience heartbreak. There have been fewer of these “classic pennant races” since the advent of the wild card. With two wild card spots for each league, as Selig is pushing, the season ending would have been a yawner.

  5. @Brian Erts: Nice, very nice. It’s impossible to explain that to someone who doesn’t love baseball. What’s unique about baseball is the overwhelming buildup of tension as a close game goes on – until it comes down to one pitch, and that pitch gets fouled off.

  6. Well now that Sergio Santos signed with the White Sox…we at least have a general idea of what Cordero is worth. Santos signed an extension for 3 years at $8.25 million, with team options in 2016 and 2017 @ $8 million each.

    Santos, age 28, had a 3.55 ERA (2.87 FIP) with 30 saves, 1.105 WHIP, 13.1 K/9, and 3.17 K/BB.

    Cordero, age 36, had a 2.45 ERA (4.02 FIP), 37 saves, 1.019 WHIP, 5.4 K/9 and 1.91 K/BB.

    It’s not exactly apples to apples as Santos had a year of arbitration bought out, however, what are the odds Cordero gets paid significantly more than Santos? Like…100%?

  7. Cordero will definitely want more than Santos. I wouldn’t do it, but the bullpen is in disarray.

  8. @pinson343: Just to clarify, that’s the lead into Posnanski’s article, not something Brian wrote. But either way, it’s brilliant and true.

  9. @Matt WI: Thanks, I finally read the article. When I wrote above about “the overwhelming buildup of tension as a close game goes on – until it comes down to one pitch, and that pitch gets fouled off” I didn’t even know that anticlimax was a major theme in Posnanski’s article.

  10. Great stuff. One of my favorite sentences: “Rick Sutcliffe shouted something on ESPN about how you could see it in Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon’s eyes — there was no way he was blowing this game.”

    I can easily imagine exactly how Sutcliffe shouted that – “there is no way he is blowing this game” is ringing in my ears just the way Sutcliffe said it, even though I didn’t hear him say it. He’s always shouting crap like that.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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