It’s taken me about 24 hours to process everything that happened last night.
I sat on my couch, three Major League Baseball games running on my TV at once through my Xbox, my wife patiently waiting on the other end for everything to stop so we could make dinner.
Then 10 minutes later I had watched live the most overwhelming sequence of sporting events I’ve ever seen. Hunter Pence, Robert Andino and Evan Longoria hit balls on the infield, outfield and over fences. Exponentially the night grew from exciting to unbelievable to legendary.
It’s hard for me to take seriously anyone who calls anything the “most” or “greatest” anything. I’m sure there has been a more exciting night of baseball somewhere, sometime, but I wasn’t there for it.
Throughout the night I watched games on a split screen. I had the Rays-Yankees on the left and Red Sox-Orioles on the right. I could still see the Orioles celebrating on one side while Longoria’s homer snuck over the tiny left field fence at Tropicana Field.
I had followed the game from my work, on the car ride home, our vets office and finally back in front of the TV. It all led up to those 10 minutes.
In those 10 minutes the Red Sox playoff odds went from 81 percent to zero.
I takes something remarkable to connect a large group of people and even more so for that event to be something good and not a tragedy (not taking into account the feelings in Boston and Atlanta).
Walking around the Oregon Capitol this afternoon I listened to Jim Bowden talk about Wednesday night and completely connected with his sentiment, his emotion and passion. It was the first time I had ever agreed with anything Jim Bowden had thought or expressed.
The past few weeks have filled the baseball with a renewal of the antagonism between those that analyze and those that feel, as the release of the Moneyball movie brought up all of the same arguments as the publication of the book.
But last night was a common ground. It is the foundation of all sports, not just baseball. The moments that cannot be predicted and unite people without a common background beyond a love of the game.
Every outlet and corner of the internet had the same message for one night and one morning.
Baseball is awesome.