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Friday, October 07, 2011
We haven't seen a day like today since October 15, 2001
OK, who is playing in the NLCS. We have no clue at this point.
It could be Brewers vs. Phillies. It could be Diamondbacks vs. Phillies. It could be Brewers vs. Cardinals. It could be Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals.
And we will find out by the end of tonight. For the first time since October 15, 2001, both Division Series of a league are going the full 5 games.
For the first time in 10 years the right to go the LCS is basically a one game affair.
In 2001, like this year, there were actually 3 game 5's.
The Diamondbacks and Cardinals played a thriller that ended with Tony Womack's walk off hit in the bottom of the 9th, making Curt Schilling a complete game winner.
The Mariners, who won 116 games that year, forced a fifth game after coming from behind and winning the 4th game in Cleveland. Jamie Moyer out pitched Chuck Finley to give the Mariners the 3-1 win.
In New York, just 2 days after Jeter's flip to Posada, the Yankees looked to come all the way back from the 0-2 hole. They fell behind in the game 2-0 but an error by Eric Chavez put the Yankees up for good in the third. They would hold on to the 5-3 win.
Who will be the heroes tonight? What will the match up be?
One team playing tonight will have home field advantage in the World Series eventually. Two teams will become obscure playoff participants.
We've been waiting 10 years for a night like this.