The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The click of the mouse.
Playoffs can be fickle. They rarely match up the two best teams in each league, but rather the team that had the hottest pitching staff in October.
In 2021, the divisions were wrapped up early and everyone expected a fantastic postseason. The Orioles delivered, defeating the defending champion Yankees in an extra-innings elimination game before cruising to the World Series.
There, they met what many considered to be the weakest team in the field; an injury-riddled Pittsburgh Pirates team. Don't ever sleep on the former champions, as the Pirates pitching staff manhandled a young O's lineup.
Birdland will have to wait another year as Pittsburgh completed their impossible gauntlet through the three best regular season teams (Philadelphia, Colorado, and Baltimore) and all the way to their second PRMLB title.