Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Back in the Bronx

There's never a bad time to post a photo of Big Papi (Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.smugmug.com and used with permission)

There's never a bad time to post a photo of Big Papi (Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.smugmug.com and used with permission)

My butt has been kicked a bit this week thanks to this ridiculous cold so it amused me that I woke up this morning only feeling slightly better but thinking about nothing but the Red Sox playing the Yankees this weekend.   I’m sure my enthusiasm for the series has something to do with the Yanks dropping two to the Rays and my watching CC Sabathia, Joba Chamberlain and Javier Vasquez combine last night for what might possibly be my favorite non Red Sox game this season.

While there is still a tiny piece of  me that hold out the hope that the Sox could have some miraculous comeback (realizing it has to be combined with god-awful collapses of the Rays and Yanks), my joy really just comes from the idea that the Yankees could actually lose the division this year.  I won’t lie, that thought makes me very happy.  Derek Jeter has previously gone on record as saying making the playoffs on the Wild Card is nothing to celebrate and Michael Kay mentioned during last night’s game that Mariano Rivera feels the same way and won’t celebrate if the Yankees make the playoffs without winning the division.

I’m of the belief that you should most definitely celebrate getting into the playoffs, regardless of how you do it. Eight teams get into the playoffs while twenty-two don’t.  This is a big deal for your team if you make into the post season so howsabout people stop acting like those who get in on the Wild Card have an STD?

The Red Sox, in third place and behind by 7.5 games in the east have the exact w/l record as the Texas Rangers, who happen to be leading the west division and are in first place by four games.  Proof enough to me that just because you don’t win your division, that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.  (Because of this, I’m also a proponent of choosing the 4 best teams in each league and sending them to the playoffs instead of going by division leaders, but that’s a whole different discussion.)

I get that the Yankees like to pride themselves on being the division leader and, as leaders of the team, Rivera and Jeter probably feel like they need to promote that idea publicly.  But at what point do you stop the entitled crap and realize you are not the center of the universe and there are plenty of teams as good and as worthy as you are of being in the playoffs?  Every time someone connected to the Yankees says getting into the playoffs alone isn’t worth celebrating, they’re insulting every team that has made it via the Wild Card and celebrated it.  Get off your damn high horses, fellas.

Of course, even though I’m looking forward to the weekend, MLB has to ruin it by giving Fox and ESPN the Saturday and Sunday games.  We can’t be greedy, I suppose.

I haven’t written these words in a while about a Sox/Yanks series:  I’m really looking forward to this series.

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September 24, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Playoffs brings to mind Airbud, which is enough to make anyone ill. Hopefully your cold wasn’t traced back to Park Avenue.

    It’s an old argument and departure from when the two best in each league squared off for the big prize. But expansion of games and playoffs was never about what any fan really wanted; it was all about the revenue.

    That said, here’s something to ponder about the Ray, Sox and Yankees…

    The Rays have come a long way and are indeed an improved club. They are good enough to win the division. The Sox, for all their obstacles with player injuries have yet to be mathematically eliminated. What this really says to me, is that the Yankees aren’t all that, nor the powerhouse of the late 90’s. Sure, they’re good. But the truth is, for a team so stacked with star players, they never did run away with anything.

    There is a difference between possible and probable, which leans heavily in the direction of the Sox not playing in the post season. Even if they don’t make it, it has been one hell of a season, with a ton of fabulous moments. However, if for some odd quirk of fate, the Sox wiggle in, it would suit me just fine.

    And were that to happen, I’d like the Rays for the ALCS, if you please.

    Signed,
    The Eternal Optimist

    Comment by Tru | September 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. “god-awful collapses of the Rays and Yanks”

    Correction: Rays OR Yanks!

    Comment by jere | September 24, 2010 | Reply


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