There's so much to like about a best-of-7 playoff series, from the way the drama builds to the way teams figure certain things out about each other and then try to capitalize.
One of the best things about a best-of-7 is someone always has a chance to win it all in Game 6. Tonight, that's the Red Sox. It also makes the Cardinals as desperate as it gets.
Today's featured video, "The Wicked Bats of October," is a Red Sox tribute song written by Larry Buckley, performed by his band, Tin Can Caravan, and recorded in Waltham. Thanks to Krissy Smith for sharing with us via Twitter. More on the tune here.
We'll have tons of coverage all day on Boston.com, including a live show from Fenway Park at 5 p.m., so please stay tuned. If tonight goes Boston's way, please celebrate responsibly.
Game time: 8:07 p.m.
Weather: Temps should be in the 40s during the game, but there won't be much wind so it won't feel too cold, according to Weather Wisdom's David Epstein.
Pregame: MLB has confirmed that Dropkick Murphys will perform both the national anthem and their famous song "Shipping Up To Boston" before tonight's game. Red Sox greats Luis Tiant and Carlton Fisk get first-pitch honors.
Live coverage on Boston.com:
-- Boston Sports Live, featuring Chris Gasper and Joe Sullivan, will be heavily focused on Game 6. Tune in at noon.
-- Live blog launches around 6 p.m. Steve Silva will have the latest from Fenway Park.
-- Boston.com columnist Adam Kaufman says the Red Sox have taken everyone's best shot and are still standing, so now it's time to deliver a knockout blow.
-- On BostonGlobe.com, Peter Abraham writes about John Lackey's chance to cap a redemptive season in his start tonight. Nick Cafardo explores the lack of offense so far this series for both teams and how they will address that, and Dan Shaughnessy writes about the mystique of Game 6s.
-- In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, columnist Bernie Miklasz writes that both the Cardinals and their fans have every bit of faith in rookie starter Michael Wacha tonight.