That’s the new MLB “We Play for October” commercial, the league’s first promotional spot for the playoffs that begins airing today.
Clips of three Dodgers players are featured: Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez. Makes sense considering the Dodgers enter their three-game series in Cincinnati with a less than one percent chance of missing the playoffs.
While the Dodgers continue taking things one game at a time, it was interesting to see the league’s marketing department counting its chickens. Ten teams make the playoffs, and ten teams had clips in this ad: The Dodgers, Pirates, Braves, Rangers, Tigers and Red Sox — the six division leaders — plus the Cardinals, Reds, A’s and Rays.
Left on the chopping block were a couple of realistic American League playoff hopefuls, the Yankees and Orioles, plus the National League longshots in Arizona and Washington. The message: Next time, just play for September — when the ads come out.