Baseball will forcibly relive the magic of Game 162
We all remember where we were when the Braves and Red Sox suffered the most fun collapses in baseball history, putting them on par with other legendary collapses such as the Mets in 2007 and the Mets in 2008.
During Game 162 in 2011, we were glued to our TVs, ignoring all responsibilities, commitments, obligations, and phone calls because what would come to be known as "the most thrilling 129 minutes of baseball history" was happening slowly over the course of an evening. Granted, the competition among 129-minute chunks of baseball history was decidedly slim, but Game 162 will forever stand as the perfect example as to what makes baseball different: its innate ability to destroy a person emotionally from the inside out, as Boston and Atlanta fans found out.
The standings were one way when the night began on the last day of the season, but by the end, it felt like everyone had switched places. The long-assumed playoff berths of the Sox and Braves were gone and the Orioles were celebrating a walkoff win as if they had clinched (they had not). The Rays climbed over the Yankees to win the Wild Card, and, most ominously, the Phillies beat the Braves after the Cardinals beat the Astros, helping St. Louis further the post season run that would eventually see them eliminate the Phillies.
And so, after several years of being unable to improve on a finale like that, MLB is taking matters into its own hands and scheduling every game on the last day of the 2015 season to start at the same time.
So, what are you doing October 4 at 3 p.m.? Watching 15 different televisions at once? Finally, an actual reason to do so without getting judgmental glances from your loved ones or co-workers. The Phillies will be playing the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park in what could be one of the most intense, decisive games in history, but will not be.
MLB better hope for some tight playoff races to capitalize on this scheduling; otherwise, it'll just be a long afternoon with no primetime slot. Regardless, we're looking at one beautiful early October mess.