By Chef Andrew H. Garrett
The natural response is to just turn the TV to whatever sports are on in October and wait until next spring when your favorite Baseball team reports to spring training…. Wrong! If that is really what you do, you may want to stop reading now because in this writer’s opinion you are not truly a fan of baseball. It doesn’t make you a bad person, or mean that you don’t love the game. It just means you only have one singular view of this game. You’re not really open to the idea of others being better than your own. Take our CEO Sean Power for example; his O’s were the worst team in baseball this year, in fact their record was the worst in the last 15 years, not since the 2003 Detroit Tigers finished 43-119. A person would think this would drive a “fan” into some dark closet full of resentment and spite. However instead of hiding his Fandom this horrible season not only brought Sean closer to God but also threw him into a frenzy of baseball stats and knowledge. We should all take a page from Sean’s book when our teams are bad, and I mean really really bad; we should do as he does and find happiness in the success of other teams, root for the underdog, the Wild Card winner! The team full of young bright unseasoned talent! Jump into the beauty of postseason baseball and get weird with it. Get excited for a Wild Card game that goes 13 innings, or when the clear choice for NL MVP homers to open up the scoring of the divisional series.
Just because our teams are not playing for glory in October, does not mean that the season is over. In my opinion the best baseball has to offer is just getting started, this is where boys become men and the cream truly rises to the top. This is the time of year that every pitch means something, every ball in play could result in a team heading home, every run scored could be the eventual game winner, and you never know whos going to show up and be a hero!
In my opinion if you are on the fence about whether or not baseball is exciting now is the time to tune in a watch, because every moment in October is exciting! Go grab the popcorn, get a bag of peanuts, sit a local bar and watch fans from across the country slowly lose their minds as their team wins or loses. This is when it gets real. This is Playoff Baseball.