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2012 mlb postseason

Baseball Is Having Its Superstar Moment

Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with the team after hitting a walkoff single against the Detroit Tigers during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2012 in Oakland, California. Dogpile on Coco!

Last year, Major League Baseball had one of the most thrilling ends to one of its seasons — regular season and postseason — in its storied history, with the last day of the regular season madness and the staggering Game 6 of the World Series. This 48-hour stretch we're in right now might not rival that ... but boy, oh boy is it great.

Yesterday was a gripping quadrupleheader, a twelve-hour romp beginning with the Cardinals pushing the Nationals to the brink and ending with the A's lunatic ninth-inning comeback to force a Game 5. It was baseball at its absolute best, the highest stakes possible, just one game after another after another.

And we get to do it again today. There's a quadrupleheader today, with a whopping six teams facing down elimination. Here's the schedule:

1 p.m. NLDS Game Five: San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds
4 p.m. NLDS Game Four: St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
7:30 p.m. ALDS Game Four: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
9:30 p.m. ALDS Game Five: Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics

Depending on how things fall today, we could have two deciding games tomorrow, or we could have zero. But to have a day like today, with so much on the line all right after one another, is virtually unprecedented. There is no better time to be a baseball fan than right now, today. Leave work right now. Make up a cough — everyone's sick anyway. You absolutely will not regret it.

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