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Thursday, September 29, 2011

*Wild Card Update* Sinking Sawx

September 29th:  In no other words can I describe last night other than the most amazing night of baseball I have ever witnessed, the Red Sox, who were up 3-2 with 2 outs and 2 strikes and they closer who has blown 2 saves the entire year, gave up 2 doubles and a single as the O's came from behind to leave the Sawx's season on the brink of the biggest collapse in history.

Home of the 2011
AL Wild Card

Meanwhile, in Tampa, the Yankees raced out to a 5, then 6, then 7 run lead and held it until the 8th.  The Rays were down 7-0 with 6 outs to go.  Naturally, the Yanks benched all their starters after a job well done and the Rays came all the way back.  Then in extra innings, 3 minutes after Baltimore had just beaten the Sawx, Evan Longoria, who had homered earlier in the game, came up.  He had two strikes on him and sent a screaming line drive over the part of the fence that comes down, right down the left field line.  Ball game. Rays in 8-7 and clinch the wild card.  Boston, who had just returned to the club house, found their destiny for the 2011 playoffs.  Their wicked soft couches.

Watch Longoria go deep. Sawx. Boom. Roasted.

As of September 2nd, the Sawx were up 1 1/2 games on the Yanks and 9 games up on the Rays for the wild card.  September 29th, the Rays win the wild card and the Sawx do not make the playoffs.

Normally you are happy for two teams that need the last day to get in, and a one-game playoff, which is one of the best things in sports, is bonus.  But to have 4 teams vying for 2 spots in four separate games on one night, where 2 of them go into extra innings and the other is decided after the lower team is down to their last strike is unbelievable.  If I saw this in a theatre I would walk out.  Nobody will ever see what happened last night ever again, and after such a long season, baseball is back.  The Division Series start Friday.  The Tigers are at the Yankees and the Rays are at the Rangers.

On the NL side, the Cards and Braves were tied for the wild card and Carpenter threw a complete game 2 hit shutout while the Braves lost in extras to the Phils, sealing their fate as the Cards who were 10 1/2 games out on August 26th, see themselves in the playoffs.

The Cards head to Philadelphia and the DBacks travel to Milwaukee.  There games are on Saturday.  The playoffs are here and I am freaking jacked.  I don't know if I could appreciate what happened last night if the Indians (or Nationals, God help me) were up for the wild card.  I was able to sit back and watch all the games, rooting for the O's and Rays just to knock out the Sawx.  Last night was magical.

September 28th: Sawx and Tampa still tied after both won.  One game left.  Both win/lose, one game playoff in Tampa.  Sawx facing an O's team playing like it's their World Series, because it is.  Tampa playing the Yanks who are trying not to get anyone dinged before the playoffs.  Edge: The Devil Rays.  Must See TV tonight.  I am offically back into baseball.

September 2nd: Sawx up 9 games on Tampa for the Wild Card
September 27th: Sawx tied with Tampa for the Wild Card.
Tampa has gone 15-10 so it is not like they have been hot or anything.
2 games left.  Tampa has the Yankees who have clinched.  The Sawx are at Baltimore.  ruh roh Sawx Nation.

I hate Boston sports.  I hate Boston fans.  I rooted for them, as did America, in 2004 when they rallied against the Yanks in the ALCS and wiped out the Cards for their first World Series since whenever, but they are the new Yankees and Red Sawx Nation has become unbearable.  I have not watched baseball since early August, and my only wish was for the Tribe to matter until football started, which they did.  Last night, when MLB-N aired the ninth inning of the Sawx game, that was the first pitch I've seen live in over a month, and what a glorious time has been to come back.  Suck it bean town.  You are the new Yankees and I hope Tampa and New York knock you out.  You suck.  Go drown yah sohhows in a bahhhh