Apologies for no content in the past few days. I wiped my computer the other day and lost the password for wordpress, but we all good now.
While I was gone, the MLB blew everybody’s minds with the most exciting final game of the season in a long time. Six games counted for something, four of which factored into who actually made the playoffs. We saw some pretty incredible things go down in the late innings of these games on that first night of the New Jewish Year.
First, in a game that didn’t matter, a 3-0 Mets win over the Reds to end the season for both teams, Jose Reyes played the top of the first at SS, reached on a bunt in the bottom of the first, and left the game in favor of the clubhouse. He was protecting his batting title, which he later won. I don’t think it was very noble or championship caliber, but I understand a man trying to protect a title he worked to earn.
I can also understand the Yankees protecting everyone on their team by not letting them play on Wednesday against the Rays, and basically bringing in players that they know have experience giving games away. They did not want to risk anything for anyone, and they did not want Boston making the playoffs, because the media made a big deal of their rivalry. It was pretty astonishing watching them give the Rays 3 runs on walks/HBPs to allow them back into the game with Longo’s HR, and when Dan Johnson hugged the RF foul pole to tie it, the Yankees had settled it: they were not winning this game.
Boston wasn’t so lucky to have a team on cruise control. They had the most inspired performance from the Baltimore Orioles all season, at probably the least proactive time. Papelbon blew it, and will soon be banished from Boston just as Terry Francona is. Francona reminds me of Jim Tressel at his crossroads: he just sort of left to avoid any direct criticism, forcing people to rehash his legacy instead of scrutinize his shortcomings. That’s neither here nor there though, as the Sox missed the playoffs, and OSU isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Evan Longoria’s walk off HR immediately reminded me of famous home runs in Red Sox history: Dent, Pesky, Boone, etc.; the way it hugged the line and was mere feet from foul, only to hop the fence and knock the Sox out of the playoffs. It was classic baseball, on a night that will be remembered as a classic baseball night.
The most amazing thing I saw the entire night, though, was the end of the Red Sox game, and the ball trapping under Carl Crawford’s glove. This is one of those times in sports where you can imagine the man, standing there in LF, watching the O’s celebrate and thinking that your old team may be replacing your sinking luxury cruise ship in the playoffs. It’s a career-altering moment.
MLB continued to entertain us on Friday as they teased America with Game 1 of the Yankees-Tigers series, only to suspend play after 1.5 innings. They finished last night, capped off by a monstrous Robinson Cano Grand Slam. There could be some real fireworks at ballparks in the coming weeks, and if the last few days are any indication, we are likely to see something unprecedented and amazing.
Look forward to a review of the best TV episode of the fall so far, NFL Week 4 reviews, the much anticipated history project, and more. Enjoy your football/baseball Sunday!