Father Baseball can be a capricious monster. Almost every team’s fanbase has stories, nay legends, of the particularly cruel ways their postseason hopes have been first crafted into a fine sculpture, then smashed into dust in front of them and forced into their lungs, so that each breath carries the dusty flavor of soul-crushing defeat.
Baseball slices up UCLs and takes away superstar pitchers for 12-18 months at a time. It conjurs up curses from Babes and from Goats until one day, out of pure arbitrary flippance, it decides to turn the tables, and give, for example, the Red Sox their long-awaited redemption not just by allowing them to win a World Series, but by paving the path there with the only 3-0 comeback in a 7-game series in baseball history, and against their most-hated rivals, no less.
The emotional impact, of course, usually depends on your perspective. For every surrender-cobra Red Sox fan who cursed the name of Bill Buckner for decades, there was a Mets fan who created a shrine to Ray Knight’s exultant jump-sprinting disbelief. For every Texan with Nelson Cruz sports-PTSD, there is a four-year-old in Missouri named David. To each Carter, a Williams. Each Pujols a Lidge, and so on and so it goes.
But occasionally, Father Baseball listens to us all.
We asked for this.
If there is a baseball God, please let the Blue Jays and the Rangers meet up in the playoffs🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Chris Kelley (@_chriskelley) May 18, 2016
God I don't ask for much, just world peace, feed the hungry, help the poor and please let the blue Jays meet the rangers in the playoffs.— #PAWG (@EverythingPawg) May 16, 2016
Please let there be a Rangers-Blue Jays series in the playoffs #NeverEverQuit— Trey Allen (@TeamshopTrey) May 15, 2016
Putting my request into the baseball gods...I want a Blue Jays/Rangers series in the playoffs.— SueSea (@suepranulis) August 26, 2016
Please baseball gods let the Jays and Rangers meet in the playoffs! 🙏🏼 #Jays— Brandon Gurman (@TheGurmCheese23) May 16, 2016
The best way " to make baseball fun again" is to allow the Jays and Rangers face each other in the playoffs— Daniel Ciolli (@ciolli33) May 16, 2016
The Rangers vs Blue Jays brawl yesterday was some serious stuff. I'm really hoping they meet in the playoffs again.— Lucas Mayer (@LucasMayerNBC15) May 16, 2016
After seeing the highlights of Jays-Rangers game, all I gotta say is I hope they both make playoffs & play each other!! #LoveTheRivalry— Chris Murphy TWN (@MurphTWN) May 16, 2016