Perhaps it was fitting to end the season with a final slap in the face. The Red Sox not only were embarrassed by the Yankees, they had to watch them celebrate clinching the AL East title - something that means a LOT more than it used to with the new playoff format.
And peaking of the playoffs, are you all planning to watch? I am, even though this will be the third year in a row that the Red Sox are playing golf instead of baseball. I don't know about anybody else, but if I'm watching any sporting event, even if I don't come into it with any particular interest in the outcome, I need to pick a team to root for. Earlier this week, I had this exchange with a friend on Twitter:
Normally, the Phillies are my National League team (they're the closest NL team to me that isn't from New York), and for the past two years I've been rooting for the Rangers. This year, I'm looking for a change. The Rangers and the Orioles will face off for the privilege of getting to the ALDS against the Yankees, and I want to see the Orioles go all the way. I've posted about this before, but their fans deal with a lot, and I think they deserve this.
But why the Giants? They won it just two seasons ago, while a team like the Nationals has never come close. Call it a whim, but I'm really feeling the Giants this year. And the Orioles/Giants choice has the added benefit of being in one color scheme. My apologies to the diehard fans of these two franchises - I promise I'm not trying to steal your thunder, it's just that my team is out, and I've temporarily adopted yours. Let me know if I'm stepping on any toes.
Of course, it's been killing me for months that the Red Sox won't be in this, but there won't be Red Sox baseball until Spring Training. I'm a Red Sox fan, sure, but I'm also a BASEBALL fan, and I'm going to watch every game I can before the long winter takes it all away.
And then? Hope springs eternal - even for the Red Sox.