Ok, so I'm over the Red Sox (check!) not winning the AL East. It does, however, not allow me to send a note to the NY Times' Murray Chass about how the lack of an AL East title dilutes their being.
But yesterday's loss to the Yankees is the true-to-form likeness of "when you lose, you really win" (kinda like beer pong). AL East champs? They, potentially, get to fly to Anaheim twice. They have to face Vlady. They have to have a big lead in the bottom of the 7th, because it's Shields in the 8th, Francisco Rodriguez in the 9th. (From here on out, there will be no single-letter of first name/first three letters of last name-type nicknames on this here board. Except for Tom Watson.)
The Red Sox, conceivably, will have an easier route both on the field and in travel, for the ALDS.
But one part of me - the bitter, dark, angry side that few have (or haven't) seen wants it to be Anaheim and Chicago in the ALCS. Why? So that Fox Sports execs simultaneously convulse. Yesterday's split-screen sadness (apologies, John Mayer) have been so universally loathed on sites better than this, so I won't provide you with my tome. Needless to say, it sucked.
But the Fox Fan Cam, with three of four tired Red Sox fans and "Everybody Hurts" playing in the background...well...that made me yell a few indiscriminate C-words at no one and nothing in particular. Baseball tourette's again.
How, praytell, are Red Sox fans hurting, Tim McCarver? Is it because their team is tied for the AL East lead with two games to go? Is it because their team in a game up in the Wild Card? or did you spray them in the eye with your rust colored "Just For Men" hairdye? Did you steal the curtains from a Holiday Inn in Woburn and bring it to your tailor for your latest hideous sportcoat? Most baseball fans root for Joe Morgan to get hit by a bus. I, too, share those sentiments. But after it nails Joe going 70 mph, can it come to a screeching halt, throw it in reverse, and pick off McCarver?
Either way, I'm fine today. Really. I am. But keep those cell calls and texts going from 2-3:30 p.m. I'm gonna need 'em.
This was just a morsel; will have more later, hopefully with three big victories.