Maybe…think about it.
This year was the first time that baseball had two, winner-take-all, sudden-death, wildcard playoff games.
And, this season was the first time in baseball history that all four Division Series went down to a Game 5, winner-take-all, sudden-death, scenario.
And, now, the N.L.C.S. is going down, tonight, to a Game 7, winner-take-all, sudden-death, contest.
Imagine if the World Series now goes seven games too! That would mean that the only post-season series this year that didn’t go to a final game would be the A.L.C.S. where the Yankees tucked-tail, rolled over and played dead, and allowed the Tigers to romp over them in a four game sweep.
For the record: Since the Division Series era began in 1995, this marks the first time that five of the six series leading up to the World Series went the distance. The most prior to this October was four in 2003, when two Division Series went to five and both LCS matchups went to seven.