Baseball officially kicks off stateside when the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals (sans perennial MVP candidate Albert Pujols) take on the flashy Miami Marlins and their homerun sculpture thing.
Opening Day, though, is completely overrated.
On the final day of the regular season last year, the Wild Card spot in both leagues was still up for grabs. In the AL, the Boston Red Sox would have earned a Wild Card berth with a win over the Baltimore Orioles. Same for the Atlanta Braves in the NL with a win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Neither the Red Sox nor Braves won their 162nd game of the 2011 regular season. After the two teams each squandered leads in their respective games, they had to hope that their league foes – the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals – would fall against their opponents as well.
Four teams in playoff contention. Two spots up for grabs. What happened on September 28, 2011 turned out to be one of the most exciting days in the history of Major League Baseball.
Get amped up for baseball and watch the highlights of the most exciting day in baseball to find out why all 162 games matter:
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