Some years ago I came to the realization that October is one of my favorite months, if only because you've got playoff baseball, the start of the hockey season, and football season is in full swing. Also that other sport with the hoops and sneakers.
Last night we were treated to a great game in Washington, with the Dodgers barely holding on after Ruiz delivered the winning run with a run-scoring single (to Jayson Werth) while pinch hitting for Chase Utley. Joe Blanton came in early to get Rich Hill out of a jam, then we saw Kenley Jansen on the mound in the 7th inning, throw more than 50 pitches over the next three innings, only to give way for a Kershaw--on zero days of rest after starting game 4--come in for the save. It was great baseball, if somewhat questionably managed.
Hopefully we get more of the same tonight.
Toronto Blue Jays v. Cleveland Indians
8:08 PM EST, TBS
Progressive Field, Cleveland OH
Tonight’s @BlueJays lineup for Game 1 of the #ALCS. https://t.co/TpPfUt5GXs #OurMoment pic.twitter.com/qU69BG2ZCI— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 14, 2016
Tonight's ALCS Game 1 lineup —— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) October 14, 2016
Be sure to tune in to @SportsTimeOhio for all pre/post game coverage! #RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/7IoK9r0tW8
Tonight’s pitching matchup certainly lines up to be a good one. https://t.co/Zp8VX8sq7Q #ALCS | #OurMoment pic.twitter.com/eHkDLIvZLo— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 14, 2016
Looking forward to game two a moment, Trevor Bauer, the originally planned game 2 starter and mechanical engineering major while at UCLA, will miss that. Because this happened:
Cleveland has made a change to game 2 starter. Trevor Bauer cut his finger repairing a drone (no lie) and has multiple stitches in pinky— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) October 14, 2016
Terry Francona on what happened with Trevor Bauer: "It's pretty self-explanatory. We've all, at some point, had a drone-related problem."— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) October 14, 2016
Trevor Bauer is 24 hrs from the biggest game of his life, & he's busy fighting people on Twitter, roasting CLE writers, & repairing drones— Baseball Fam (@ShtBallPlayrsDo) October 14, 2016
Unlike Baseball Fam, I think that makes him more interesting and enjoyable, but to each their own.
Discuss tonight's game, or, anything else within reason, I suppose, below.
P.S. - If the baseball game gets way out of hand, or if you have multiple television sets like a 1%er, and you're looking for something else to watch, the Flyers season opener is tonight at 10:30 EST, against the 0-1 Kings. You can follow that game over at sister blog Broad Street Hockey, and you can get hyped up for it right here by watching this pump up video if you're so inclined (It's good):