Sports, especially MLB baseball, are a great roller coaster.
They can take us to incredibly satisfying heights, but are also capable of ruining your day.
Fandom is like that: it is not rational and is based on pure emotion.
The teams that move us have this powerful effect on our mood.
Those mood swings that are entirely dependent on our team’s performance in a decisive game (or just a game, period) were represented and personified by a young man watching the Houston Astros – Seattle Mariners game at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.
It wasn’t just any regular matchup: It was the first game of the American League Divisional Series between two division enemies who don’t like each other.
On top of that, it was the first in a best-of-five series, so there’s not much room for error.
Sport can affect our mood in a hurry
The Mariners dominated the game for seven innings.
Going to the eighth, they led 7-3.
This young Astros fan was definitely not having fun.
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However, Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer in the eighth to cut the deficit to two.
An inning later, Yordan Alvarez hit a massive three-run home run that turned the two-run deficit into an automatic 8-7 victory.
It was the most impactful game in playoff history, with a win added probability (WPA) of over 90%.
You can see in the video how our young friend got his best smile and mood back in the blink of an eye.
It’s actually a healthy moment and a reminder of how we all suffered and smiled as kids following our favorite teams.
Sports are full of ups and downs, and young Astros fans certainly experienced both on Tuesday.