Few things in sports more special than Game 7

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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals sildes into home to score in the fifth inning against Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg watches as Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante, right, scores past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a double by Alcides Escobar during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg watches as Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante, left, scores past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a double by Alcides Escobar during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante, left, scores past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on a double by Alcides Escobar during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante slides safely past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Infante scored from first on a double by Alcides Escobar. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals sildes into home to score in the fifth inning against Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Omar Infante #14 of the Kansas City Royals sildes into home to score in the fifth inning against Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval yawns during the sixth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey loses his by after strike during the sixth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey loses his bat as he swings during the sixth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series =ar-Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey watches from the dugout during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura has an RIP O.T. #18 on his hat as he walks off the field during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The writing was to honor St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras who died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Tannen Maury, Pool)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura reacts after getting San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey to ground into an inning ending, bases loaded double play during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals looks to the sky as he walks back to the dugout during Game 6 of the 2014 World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals walks to the dugout after pitching in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy throws during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Tannen Maury, Pool)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy adjusts his cap after giving up a single to Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28: Yusmeiro Petit #52 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after giving up an RBI double in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit wipes his brow after allowing a hit during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar celebrates his RBI-double against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante is congratulated after scoring from first on a double by Alcides Escobar during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain, right, hits an RBI-double off San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jean Machi during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain hits a RBI double during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler watches his RBI-single during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals Alcides Escobar (2) is congratulated by teammates Mike Moustakas (8) and Eric Hosmer (35) after scoring on an two-run RBI single by Lorenzo Cain during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Kansas City Royals fielder Norichika Aoki watches his RBI single to score Salvador Perez during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain makes a catch in the outfield on a pop fly by San Francisco Giants Joe Panik during the first inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Royals fans cheer during the fourth inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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It started early.

4 a.m. Eastern, 1 a.m. Pacific. Those on the West Coast who wanted to watch their Dodgers open the season were better off staying up late than waking up early. Those on the East Coast rolled out of bed to find the most beautiful sight on our televisions to start a cold March day: baseball.

One week before the rest of the league would play a meaningful game, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened the 2014 season with a pair of games in Australia. This marked the beginning. It broke the layoff from offseason to regular season. It was the ceremonial first pitch waking up America –- literally, in most cases –- from a slumber.

It started with one.

Over 2,000 games later, it now concludes with one.

Over the past year, we have seen pitchers dominate the league, Tommy John surgeries galore, the retirement of an icon, and an upstart team shock the world in dramatic come-from-behind fashion to take on a franchise currently in a transition from dominant to dynasty.

Tonight, we will see the final game of the baseball season.

It has been written many times in the past, and it will fill the internet tonight and every time going forward that it occurs: there is nothing better in the world of sports than game seven.

Some people only watch the playoffs for a given sport – at least, intently. Some live and breathe with every pitch. Some wake up at ridiculous hours to watch two teams play a game halfway across the world.

Everyone watches the seventh game of a series.

The drama is obvious. Each pitch that crosses the plate is one closer to the end. For every inning that concludes, it is stamped into the history of not just the singular game, but the culmination of an entire season. Every moment is more tense than the previous one, and, more than 'obvious,' the drama is also guaranteed.

Baseball is a game where the participants take turns. I go first. You go next. My turn to hit. Now yours. We each get our chances; let's see who does more with what we are given. When the entire season is dependent upon the result of each opportunity, those opportunities become raised to an unmatched level of importance.

This is why we watch sports. We don't know if a fifth or sixth game in a series is going to conclude the season. In the history of seven-game series, we will never know if it will be decided by a single event until the sixth game concludes. Forever, the team that forces a game seven will have just staved off elimination, and we, the seekers of drama, will have lived that experience, as well.

It is for this reason why we feel so lucky to have received a Game 7, especially in the World Series.

Baseball is a marathon. An investment of both emotion and time.

We know that this journey started over seven months ago. We know how much we will miss it when it ends. Those of us who follow the sport on a daily basis will lose something, and an empty sadness will appear. But at least, for once, we know when the ending is coming, and we will have our closure. We know that the adventure of a baseball season deserves a fitting conclusion, and there is only one way to end a season to which we have given so much of our hearts.

Game 7.

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