Made For October: SF Giants Clinch Last NL Wild Card Spot

Made For October: SF Giants Clinch Last NL Wild Card Spot

Don't stop BeliEVEN.
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They did it, baby! Sunday, October 2, the San Francisco Giants successfully clinched the last National League wild card spot with a 7-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While the second half of their season wasn’t exactly ideal, the Giants did what they do best and rallied when it mattered. Closing the regular season with a clean, three-game sweep of the Dodgers. The 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series champions are back in the postseason—and in an even year nonetheless.

Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy made some interesting changes to the team leading up to the last three games. Arguably the most important one was his decision to let Madison Bumgarner pitch Friday’s game against the Dodgers, instead of on Sunday (or even Saturday against Clayton Kershaw).

Tell me I wasn’t the only one who thought this could’ve been a terrible idea. Anyone?-Bueller?-Bueller?? Regardless, by doing that and starting two other left-handed pitchers, Bochy was able to screw over LA and expose a huge weakness. Starting Bum on Friday also means that the 2014 World Series MVP can pitch in the wild-card game in New York against the Mets this Wednesday, October 5.

While another title would surely be the icing on the cake to a somewhat frustrating season from my perspective (*cough, Santiago Casilla, cough*), regardless of how the postseason plays out, I’m impressed with what the Giants were able to accomplish in their final three games. Are they the most solid team heading into the postseason? No. Are they better than the Dodgers? Duh, always. But it’s an even year, baby. Don’t count them out just yet. The Giants were a wild-card back in 2014, and look how that turned out. They’ll rally and crush the postseason; they usually do.

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

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This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

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What It's Like To Be A Boston Sports Fan In 2019

Winning twelve championships between four sports since the year 2000, it's truly hard not to respect greatness. It's not only the talent that attracts the attention. Boston sports fans are known for being well... intense would be an understatement. He's why Boston sports fans are the way they are, and why they expect nothing less than winning from their teams.

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Anyone who's grown up in a New England diehard family has heard all the stories. Our parents and grandparents experience championship droughts as long as sixteen years and even eighty-six between World Series Championships. And yet, they still put on their jerseys, bought their tickets and showed up to root their teams on and pray for a miracle. The miracle came in 2004 when the Red Sox finally "reversed the curse" and defeated the St.Louis Cardinals to bring a title back to the city that had longed for one, for so long.

The Patriots had won two years prior and were on route to take another Super Bowl victory that following spring, and Boston fans couldn't have been capable of predicting what was to come.

Fast forward fourteen years and the Red Sox have won another three times, the Patriots another four times and the Celtics and Bruins each adding another victory to the ever-growing total. Kids are growing up in a time where all they know is the greatness that Boston sports teams have to offer. Our parents and their parents who waited years to see championship teams at times are now watching a generation who has the luxury of a Duck Boat Parade almost annually. So why the change in the performance of teams?

Boston sports have always attracted hall of fame talented athletes. Larry Bird, Carl Yastrzemsky, Teddy Bruschi and Bobby Orr, all legends in the sports world, yet teams today are outperforming and soaring past fans expectations. The difference? Boston still is attracting legends...I mean hello can you say, David Ortiz? Zdano Chara? TOM BRADY!? But these athletes aren't only bringing talent, they're bringing camaraderie, inspiration and a new attitude to a once hopeless city.

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