With a loss by the Texas Rangers last night, the Boston Red Sox have clinched a spot in the postseason as a wild card team. No, they are not the same Red Sox squad that won the World Series in 2007, but they should be just as tough once the playoffs begin.
This season, like the last 2 seasons, the Sawx will be facing the Angels; a team that they have had a ton of postseason success against. If things continue, as I suspect they will, the Red Sox and the Yankees will have a golden opportunity to face each other in the ALCS.
Although these teams play one another so often in the playoffs, it never gets old. There is always a lot of animosity between the two teams, and it is never easy for one team to knock the other out. The last time these two teams squared off in the playoffs, the Red Sox had their historic comeback after being down 3 games in a best of 7 series. Eventually the Red Sox went on to reverse their 86 year World Series curse, and they were finally champions.
Even though the Yankees have a different manager, and a lot of different players from that squad, the franchise is still the same, and there are players that endured that bitter defeat (Mainly A-Rod, Jeter, and Mo). I feel like that should fuel the Yankees to play at a higher level than we have seen them in a long time. Especially if they find themselves up at any point in the series, I feel like the Yankees will have the killer instinct that they lacked in the ‘04 series. Now that they realize that anything is possible, they will try that much harder to prevent anything from happening.
Basically what I am saying is that the Yankees are going to beat the Red Sox and go to the World Series. Of course the Yankees are going to need to beat the Tigers/Twins and the Red Sox are going to need to beat the Angels in order to get there, but I believe it will be done. This rivalry is just too good to be denied of another postseason matchup, and frankly, I would not be happy as a baseball fan if the Yankees did not play the Red Sox in the ALCS this season.
It is just too perfect of a situation, especially in a season where the Red Sox showed early dominance against the Yankees, and the Yankees showed late dominance against the Sox. Both teams have shown that they can handle the other, and each has a case when it comes to determining which is better. The only way to fairly settle the debate between the two teams would be on the field with a World Series appearance lying in the balance. Ahhh….Perfection.