Perhaps the words of the late Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti can describe my thoughts on the conclusion of the 2014 Major League Baseball season:
[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.
One way or another, the season ends tonight as the San Francisco Giants face the Kansas City Royals in a Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
|SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS||KANSAS CITY ROYALS|
|Gregor Blanco - CF||Alcides Escobar - SS|
|Joe Panik - 2B||Norichika Aoki - RF|
|Buster Posey - C||Lorenzo Cain - CF|
|Pablo Sandoval - 3B||Eric Hosmer - 1B|
|Hunter Pence - RF||Billy Butler - DH|
|Brandon Belt - 1B||Alex Gordon - LF|
|Michael Morse - DH||Salvador Perez - C|
|Brandon Crawford - SS||Mike Moustakas - 3B|
|Juan Perez - LF||Omar Infante - 2B|
|Tim Hudson - RHP||Jeremy Guthrie - RHP|