This is what we have left to play for. We have already put in the 140 games required by the Minor League schedule, yet we are still playing. We have moved into the bonus baseball portion of the season, where games have heightened meaning but stats do not count (at least not for career totals). The more frequent our wins, the more off days we have and longer we receive paychecks.
This was Rancho’s first playoff series victory since 1998 and marks the second time in two years I have been part of an affiliate ending a long drought. Last season, Cedar Rapids won its first playoff series since 2000, making myself (and several other players) part of teams that have collectively ended 19 years of playoff deficiency.