So the Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays last night. Which would normally make me sad. But the Red Sox also lost to Baltimore, which means that the Rays and the Sawx are now tied for the AL Wild Card spot with two days left in the season.
I was taking to a Boston fan the other day, and he mocked my joy over Boston's epic free-fall in the standings this month of September. He said that if I were honest with myself, the only reason I am happy is that I'm scared for my Yankees to face his Red Sox in the post-season.
If there is any team in baseball I would want the Yankees to face in the postseason, it's the team that has shitting the bed in every possible situation when it counted most. And the Rays, with their awesome young starting pitching and the most creative manager in baseball? Nah...I wouldn't wish facing them in the playoffs on my worst enemy.
The only reason I am so happy watching the Red Sox flail about so pathetically is that I hate the Red Sox. That's it. Simple. And to see this team that was built to steamroll the rest of the league struggle is something that is putting a huge smile on my face.
Hey, they still might make the playoffs. I actually think that they will do just that. But this September has to be a horrorshow for the team and their fans. And call me evil...but I dig that.
PS - A similar collapse by the Atlanta Braves is happening right now as well. They lost to Philadelphia on Monday night, and St. Louis is tied with Houston right now as I type this. So there could well be a tie for the NL Wild Card with two games to go as well. This is nut! And so much fun! Un-fun update: Houston wound up beating the Cards in extra innings. So the Cards are still a game back from the Braves with two games to go.