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13 October 2015

The 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Go || The MLB Postseason

The MLB Postseason is well underway. There are currently 8 teams left in the postseason, and all teams are playing in the current round, which is a best of 5 series.

Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays 
(Series tied 2-2)

Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals 
(Series tied 2-2) 

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 
(Cubs Lead Series 2-1, can clinch tonight at home) 

New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers 
(Mets Lead Series 2-1, can clinch tonight)

So while the NL could wrap this round up tonight, and AL will most certainly wrap this round up tomorrow, here are some things you should know before you go: The MLB Postseason Edition.

As we all know, the Cubs are cursed. I have a full post about the last time the Cubs last won the World Series, and the "Curse of the Billy Goat" that I think you should read if you want the full scoop. They haven't won a National League Pennant since the Billy Goat incident, and haven't won a World Series since 1908. 


Do you want something cool to tell your friends that I bet they won't know? Do you think a movie can predict the future? Well, in the move Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly reads a copy of the USA Today with the headline, "Cubs Sweep Series in 5." 

Before everyone gets too excited, the movie says that the Cubs sweep "Miami." Unfortunately, Miami is an NL team, making it impossible they'd face each other in the World Series. It also says the date is October 22, 2015. The World Series won't even start this year until the 27th.

Those minor details aside, the Cubbies are still very much alive. Will Back to the Future be correct in their prediction? Hey, I'd throw a few dollars down on the idea!

But as you know, I'm also a bandwagon Cubs fan.

Here is a statistics for you:
Teams that win the first two games in a best of 5 series, go on to win that series 93% of the time.  

My Texas Rangers won the first two games in the series.

Just thought you should know that important information.

In baseball, there really aren't many rules on sliding into a base in a manor that will disrupt a double play. For example, when a ground ball is hit to the shortstop, he'll toss it to the fielder at second base. The runner that is running from first to second will do what he can to make it so the second baseman can't get the runner out at first. This can include sliding, and sometimes sweeping the fielder off his feet.  

On Saturday, the Dodgers' Chase Utley broke Mets Shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg on a dirty slide into second base. I won't post the video here, because I don't do well with legs that are not bending in the proper direction, but if you want to see it go here

Utley was suspended two games for the slide. He appealed, and is able to continue to play in the series until the appeal goes through. Many consider the slide to have been a turning point in the game, as it allowed a runner to score from third. 

Did you see the slide? What do you think? Dirty or just part of the game of baseball? 

Back to the Cubs again, because they were on fire last night. They made history last night when they became the first team to ever hit 6 home runs in a post season game. I should also mention that SIX DIFFERENT PLAYERS hit those home runs. Even crazier? It was batters 1-2-3-4-5-6 in the lineup. Yowza.

As a reminder, the Cubs can win the series tonight, which would mark the first time in post season history for the Cubs to win a playoff series at Wrigley.

Also, in the event that I'm not drinking enough of the Cubbies Kool-aid already, their GM is Theo Epstein. Epstein was the GM for the Red Sox when they broke the 86 year long Curse of the Bambino, and won the World Series in 2004.

Facts are facts, people. Should tragedy strike for the Rangers (I pray it doesn't, seeing as we've NEVER won a World Series), there's a strong chance you'll see me digging through my closet to find that Cubs jersey I bought back in 2008.

I'm saving the best for last. I think this is the coolest thing ever, and I'm only minorly embarrassed by how cool I think this simple thing is. When you tweet your team's official hashtag, twitter automatically ads an emoji to the end of the hashtag. Mind blown. Way to go 2015. 

Below are each team's official hashtags. Check out my original tweet to view the emoji -- blogger won't show it for some reason... lame!

So, of the 8 that remain, what team are you rooting for to bring home the Commissioner's Trophy with a World Series victory in 2015?

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  1. My husband and a lot of our family and friends are big Blue Jays fans, and seeing as this is their first playoffs since the early 90s, it is pretty exciting times up here in Canada! haha! Even though we have to beat your Rangers to advance ;)

  2. It would be nice if the Dodgers to turn it around, but they probably won't--my teams never win championships (maybe I'm a jinx?). It should be noted that the newspaper also predicts Queen Diana visiting DC, and a hoverboard there's that.

  3. That Twitter thing with the emojis is awesome. The whole Chase Utley thing is just crazy. At first I thought it was just part of the game, but when you actually watch it over and over, you really see that something within the rules of baseball needs to be changed. My poor husband has an Utley Phillies All-Star jersey he'll never get to wear again - womp womp.

  4. Sorry but the Jays are gonna win tomorrow :)

  5. Go Cubs! I'll be at Wrigley Field tonight. Send positive vibes! #FlytheW

    About Last Night: NLDS Game 3

  6. It was a dirty slide. He didn't go into it until he was even with the bag. He needs to take the suspension like a man.

    I'm firmly in the Cubs' camp. Go Cubbies!

  7. I'm on the fence with the slide. It's legal but the timing of it was late. I feel bad dude broke his leg though.

  8. Mine is always the Royals who had the best comeback last night! Well, the best has to be that or their Wildcard game win last year as the best comeback. Either way, it's all about the Royals and #BlueOkctober. Also, dirtiest slide I've ever seen in baseball! I couldn't believe it when I saw it.

  9. I grew up a Mets fan, so I'm totally excited this year! And my dad is thrilled. He has been tweetin' up a storm with that awesome little apple!

  10. GO CUBS GO! #WeAreGood This post is also good. :)

  11. Since neither the Phillies or Red Sox are in the race, I am enjoying rooting for the Cubs. Since, well, Back to the Future 2. Hah. And the emoji addition to hashtags never ceases to blow my mind!


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  13. wait a minute. this is literally the coolest thing i've ever heard. those minor details aside, that is the coolest thing ever.

  14. There are no words for how Wrigley felt during last night's game. NO. WORDS. I saw a goat, I saw Jim Belushi. I saw the most amazing home run (the ball is actually sitting right by the Budweiser sign still). Just a once in a lifetime experience. It was a good day to be from Chicago. "No more next year" ahhhhhh #flytheW

  15. Just letting you know I dropped by, that is all I have today

  16. Wait. This is actually so helpful, thanks Sarah!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  17. Being a Mets fan, I think Utley is a douche. Just sayin'. Also, Justin is so pissed at me for not letting him bet on the Cubs winning the world series this year. He is a giant back to the future fan and I guess you would win 1 to 90,000 odds??

  18. I'm so, so happy that the Cubs are in the postseason... but I'm also terrified because they're playing really well and I'm afraid this can only lead to massive disappointment for Cubs fans!


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