Exactly one year after Pirates fans turned PNC Park into a black hole of sound that utterly consumed the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants came to town and cast an eerie silence over the ballpark.
The Giants walloped the Pirates, 8-0, in a lopsided National League Wild Card victory that sends them to the NL Divisional Series round where they’ll face NL East champs the Washington Nationals.
After 29 years of waiting for the playoffs, what’s a couple extra innings' wait for a win?
The Kansas City Royals played their first postseason game since 1985 last night, hosting the Oakland A’s in the American League Wild Card Game. It took 12 innings, but the Royals came out on top, 9-8, earning a trip to Los Angeles to play the Angels in the AL divisional series.
The 2014 Major League Baseball postseason begins tonight in Kansas City. The Royals host the Oakland A’s in the American League Wild Card Game, with the winner earning a ticket to Los Angeles to face the Angels in the AL Divisional Series. The San Francisco Giants travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game tomorrow night for the right to meet the Washington Nationals in the NLDS.
We rundown the match ups and predict who will be moving on and who will be watching the rest of the playoffs from home.
After 160-odd games, you’d think Major League Baseball would be all out of regular season excitement. But you’d be wrong. The final weekend of games before the start of the playoffs was marked by big celebrations, big performances, and big goodbyes. Here are some of the highlights, beginning with… the Kansas City Royals?
Sports loves a good storybook ending — to a season, a series, a career — and there was instant classic storybook ending last night in the Bronx.
It’s a big night in baseball. Postseason positioning is going on in the American League, there’s a tight race for the NL Central crown, and, oh yeah, Derek Jeter’s playing his last game at Yankee Stadium. (That is, if it doesn’t get washed out — it’s currently raining cats and dogs in NYC.)
Jeter will still have three games left on the schedule — in Boston, at Fenway, naturally — but he when he takes his last at bat he won’t be the only one leaving the game.
His bat is retiring, too.
Every MLB season is a big one. But the 2014 campaign has been especially exciting: No-hitters all over the place. A crazy amount of crazy opening pitches. And, of course, the Derek Jeter Retirement Tour. And a good way to gauge just want moments connected with fans the most is to look at social media.
Our friends at Spredfast recently shared a chart with us tracking Baseball Chatter on Twitter from March through the middle of August. It’s an interesting look at what generated the most chatter online, from the start of the season in Australia to Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter to Jeter’s last All-Star Game.
Here’s the chart. Click on it to open a larger version: