Yesterday was the most exciting day in baseball I have ever witnessed in my life. Forget calling them games. They were five possible movie scripts made out of four games. It was a beautiful thing to watch. From "Field of Dreams" to "The Natural," I always get emotional when I see a good baseball story. I wrote some treatments for fun. They're a little melodramatic, but it was fun to write. But really, how can you not be sentimental about baseball? I hope you enjoy.
A scrappy team comes out of nowhere in a "rebuilding year" to just miss the playoffs. The next year on the back of a rookie, that shouldn't be ready yet, they make the playoffs for the first time in twenty years. Then they come from a seven run deficit to clinch a spot in the second round. Surprising the team that was predicted to win it all at the beginning of the season.
One of the greatest pitchers of the age falls from their former glory, horribly falling from the heights of his earlier talent. Under the leadership of an injured hero, a team comes back from a disastrous first game to tie up the series.
Two future hall of famers play their last game after a season of success no one thought they would be able to achieve. Just short of their quest for one last championship, they take in their former glory and thank the people that supported them though the years.
This was supposed to be his year. The reigning MVP was ready to lead his team to the promised land. Struggling to win games the manager was fired, then a bad swing at a bad pitch puts his season in jeopardy. Behind their pitchers, the team comes back to secure the last spot in the playoffs. Our MVP, maybe too soon, comes back in time to defeat a seasoned contending team in the first round.
One game to win. The opponent is a team known to be able to face adversity and win. For the fourth year in a row they weren't supposed to make the playoffs. For the fourth year in a row, they came out of nowhere to play where they never should have been. The home team was up one game to none, but this opponent hasn't missed the second round in the last three seasons. Made from the pitchers duel of legend, fifteen innings of a scoreless game finally broken up by a young rookie from a small town in the Dominican Republic. One swing changes fate.