Now That’s What Playoff Baseball Is Supposed To Look Like

So today was a dream day for baseball fans in Anaheim and Philadelphia – and with two walk-off winners on the same day in the League Championship Series for the first time since 2004, all baseball fans (except, maybe, those in New York and Los Angeles) could appreciate the excitement generated from the frenetic endings to these two games.

Check out the official coverage (and highlights) of the Angels’ 5-4 victory in 11 innings over the Yankees.  Unsung Jeff Mathis becomes a household name for at least one day as Anaheim keeps their World Series hopes alive by winning this crucial third game of the series after New York took the first two in the Bronx over the weekend.

Jeff Mathis (and about 50,000 of his closest friends) celebrate today in Anaheim

Jeff Mathis (and about 50,000 of his closest friends) celebrate today in Anaheim

And, not to be outdone, the Phillies followed that up with their own 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Jimmy Rollins’ 2-out, 2-run double in the bottom of the ninth.  The Phils now hold a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and move ever so much closer to becoming the first National League team to repeat as World Series winners since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds.

Jimmy Rollins gets a thoroughly-deserved hero's welcome

Jimmy Rollins gets a thoroughly-deserved hero's welcome

I couldn’t help but be worried about the playoffs lacking drama after the drab Divisional Series that kicked it off earlier this month. 

Fortunately, based on the storylines developing out of both League Championship Series, it looks like the remainder of the baseball schedule (stretching endlessly into November this season) has the potential to go down as one of the all-timers.

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~ by acm213 on October 19, 2009.

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