Ode to October

October's final four are set

Dodgers vs. Phillies
Red Sox vs. Rays
Amazing possibilities
Sweet October days!

B.J. Upton going going
Then the moment comes
A 66-win team last year
Sounds the kettle drums

A celebration never seen
Earth inherited by the meek
Tampa Bay, yes Tampa Bay
An ALCS later this week

To win a pennant
To go further still
It goes through Boston
You know it will

"You can't stop us,"
Declares Boston's closer
Tek runs down Willits
Like a masked bulldozer

A rookie named Jed Lowrie
Embodying tradition
Baseball's constant infusion --
So innocent the mission

A hit to right, a throw to home
Millions of breaths now held
Jason Bay tags the plate
The mighty Angels felled

Dodgers vs. Phillies
Red Sox vs. Rays
Amazing possibilities
Sweet October days!

Manny wishes Red Sox well
But relentless now his mission
A new hero in Los Angeles
The perfect acquisition

Twenty years since Gibson's homer
Yes, they remember that one well
"I don't believe what I just saw"
Jack Buck had a story to tell

Philadelphia, oh, Philadelphia
Your drought is even longer
We remember Tug and 1980
Maybe this team's even stronger

Brad Lidge is Lights Out again
One lethal bat after another
Thursday comes an NLCS
To the City of Loving Brother

The Wild Card alive again
Boston carries its hope this time
In every World Series since '02
When it was Rally Time

Will Boston win a rare repeat?
Will Stewie think the Rays are neat?
Are the Dodgers once again elite?
Will glory return to Broad Street?

Dodgers vs. Phillies
Red Sox vs. Rays
Amazing possibilities
Sweet October days!

Derek Lowe vs. Cole Hamels
Experience vs. youth unnerved
Other matchups to be announced
Unimaginable drama served

"We're up for the challenge"
Jon Lester was saying
So are we, the baseball fans
Four teams still playing

It never gets old
It only gets better
The League Championship Series
They're set, bring a sweater

Memories of Aaron Boone,
Magglio Ordonez, Yadier Molina
Too many moments to recount
Now comes the new arena

Dodgers vs. Phillies
Red Sox vs. Rays
Amazing possibilities
Sweet October days!

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.