Oh, the perils of being a wild card

Originally Published: September 20, 2013
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It's the most prestigious game in baseball that nobody wants to play in.

And it's coming, in a mere week and a half, to a tightrope near you.

On Bud Selig's favorite drawing board, the wild-card game still looks like a tremendous invention. It makes for awesome October theater, right out of the postseason gate. It creates powerful motivation for any team to win its division, which is always an excellent idea.

And for the teams and players that will find themselves playing ...

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