Every once in a while, it's nice to see a team that does not usually qualify for postseason play make it into the playoffs.

Like the Pittsburgh Pirates. Like the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Like the Hiroshima Carp.

Hiroshima came alive during the month of September, broke away from the pack of four clubs fighting for third place and will be playing next week in the Central League Climax Series for the first time since the CL began CS play in 2007.