What a wonderful month. Not only does it contain my birthday but the leaves are changing, the weather is becoming more crisp or B1G-esque, and football kicks into high gear for both the NCAA/NFL.
But do you know what ties it all together? It's MLB playoff time.
Roughly six months and 162 games later we finally get to figure out who is the best team in baseball and unlike the NHL or NBA where half the league shows up it's been whittled down to
eight ten (thanks, Bud!) making that final push.
From all across the B1G landscape there are many different walks of life regarding MLB fandom. Some Buckeye bro/broettes are probably excited for Cleveland's first Central division title in about a decade. Terp fans all across the Old Line State and inside the Beltway are glad the Orioles and Nats advanced. Pretty sure there's only like a hand full of Hawkeye fans that are NOT card carrying members of Cubbie Nation. Some of you out there may even root for
Yankees Jr. the Red Soxs although I don't know why.
Unless your team is still fighting in October you may be wondering who to root for (edit - not the Mets) (additional edit - Fuck the Mets) as we close out the season. Use this handy guide as a way to find some B1G alums as well as those within the B1G footprint that are in the postseason. It may just peak your interest long enough as we all watch the Cubs eventual storming to the title and Chicago's subsequent burning to the ground.
Matt Barnes RP UCONN
Travis Shaw 3B Kent St.
Slim pickens here, although you shouldn't be rooting for Evil Empire with a Funnier Accent anyway.
Perci Garner RP Ball St.
Jeff Manship RP (fuck) Notre Dame
Rajai Davis CF UConn-Avery Point
No B1G love from one of the rust belt teams in the playoffs although Kipnis is an Illinois native who went to Arizona St.
Jake Diekman RP Cloud County (KS) CC (Wymore, Nebraska)
Nick Martínez SP Fordham
Jared Hoying LF Toledo
Ryan Rua LF Lake Erie College
So far MAC: 3 B1G: zlich. Ouch. Also interesting is the Rangers have a dude from Alaska on the team (Barnette-ASU).
Danny Barnes RP Princeton
Brett Cecil RP Maryland
Matt Dermody RP Iowa
Jason Grilli RP Seton Hall
J.A. Happ SP Northwestern
Bo Schultz RP Northwestern
Jackpot finally as the team from the Great White North has a few B1G alums where most are in the bullpen. The Blue Jays have been the only club for Dermody who was drafted by them in 2013 whereas Cecil has been with Toronto since '09. Out of the two NW alums Happ has been around in both the NL and AL before landing in Toronto again and was drafted initially by the Phillies back in '04. Schultz was undrafted and started out with the D-backs a couple years ago and has been with Toronto ever since. Shout out to the Ivy League too for having a Princeton alum up there.
Brad Brach RP Monmouth
Oliver Drake RP Navy (Beat Army)
Brian Duensing RP Nebraska
Trey Mancini 1B (fuck) Notre Dame
Nolan Reimold LF Bowling Green
Duensing was part of the Nebraska's 2005 CWS team and was drafted by the Twins in the 3rd round. He was a starting pitcher initially but now has moved on to relief work for Baltimore. Got a service academy representing as well.
Tanner Roark SP Illinois
Blake Treinen RP South Dakota State
Chris Heisey CF Messiah
Jayson Werth LF
Roark was initially drafted back in 2008 by the Rangers but has only played for the Nats since '13. Also mentioning Jayson Werth since he is the big bro of former Husker volleyball player Hannah Werth and winner of the "Dude that looks like he spent the last 12 years in the wilderness to, like, get away from the government, maaaaaaaaan" award.
Kyle Hendricks SP Dartmouth
Spencer Patton RP SIU-Edwardsville
Joe Smith RP Wright State
Kyle Schwarber LF/C Indiana
Schwarber may have been out for the season but he certainly will be a force once he gets back into the Cubs' lineup. Another Ivy League shout out for Dartmouth.
Rich Hill SP Michigan
Brock Stewart SP Illinois St.
Micah Johnson 2B Indiana
Hill started off with the Cubs when he was drafted back in 2002 and has been a journeyman of sorts mainly in the AL before landing at the Dodgers the latter half of this year. Johnson was drafted in 2012 by the White Sox but played two of his three years with the Dodgers.
Jerry Blevins RP Dayton
Kevin Plawecki C Purdue
Curtis Granderson RF UIC
Fairly new to the MLB Plawecki went undrafted but ended up signing with the Mets as a backup catcher.
Ty Blach RP Creighton (Fuck CU)
George Kontos RP Northwestern
Joe Nathan RP SUNY-Stony Brook
Jeff Samarafaicsnargwdzxvija SP (fuck) Notre Dame
Conor Gillaspie Wichita State
Joe Panik 2B St. John's
Kontos was drafted by the Yankees back in '06 but decided to bail on that sinking ship after one year and has been with the Giants ever since. Gillaspie gets a special shout out since he's a local boy (Millard North High School) even though he went to play for the Shockers.