A Phone Call in October

From Brittany Ghiroli's April 15 article on Nick Markakis:

Markakis addressed the team shortly after the injury, encouraging his teammates to pick him up with the hope that he could return for a deep playoff run. Baltimore went on to post a 93-69 season, advancing to the AL Division Series before losing to New York, and sure enough, Showalter got a phone call at home during the World Series. It was Markakis. "Just to let you know," he told his manager, "I would have been ready.

Another interesting note regarding TV ratings.  Per @MLB_PR on Twitter: