After dropping their 90th game of the season on Sunday, this one to the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine neatly summed up 2012 to ESPN in one sentence: “We haven't had a good season.”
No, losing 90 games for the first time since 1966 is not what fans had in mind for this year, nor did they think the three-game regular season finale in the Bronx would be so devoid of meaning for the Sox.
However, even though they may not be playing for anything themselves, the Sox still have an opportunity to make an imprint on the MLB postseason.
The Yankees and Orioles are currently jostling for the AL East division title, and the team that wins the division has a huge advantage going into the playoffs. Thanks to the new two-team wild card system, either the Yankees or Orioles will have to win a one-game playoff just for the right to participate in the five-game Division Series.
With both teams’ records sitting at 92-67, the entire season for them boils down to just three games. With Baltimore playing in Tampa against the red-hot Rays, the Yankees have a huge advantage as they look to take care of business at home.
The Sox, though, hope to spoil the Yankees fun and, at the very least, make their path to the World Series that much more difficult. While the Sox likely can’t keep the Yankees out of the playoffs entirely, here are seven reasons why they’ll ruin their season anyway: