UPDATE: Boy, what a difference a few days makes, huh? Well now that we know who all is playing whom and where, and all that good stuff, it's time to hunker down and get amped up. I appreciate input from all fans, even Yankees' fans. Obviously, this article was written when I thought the Rangers would not get HFA and would play the Yankees in the ALDS. So, take out "ALDS" and insert "ALCS" and this article is still relevant! Hooray!
Even with only a handful of games remaining in the 2011 Major League Baseball season—and with each Division's Champions already crowned—there remains a pretty intense battle for the AL's last playoff spot between the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Boston Red Sox.
Although very unlikely, should the drastically overachieving Angels manage to usurp the Red Sox, then the playoff picture will look pretty bizarre. That possibility plus the chance that the Tigers or Rangers might have the second-best record in the playoffs, adds a melee of murkiness to the playoff picture.
For now, let's look at the scenario that seemingly everyone wants to see (aren't we all a little sick of watching the Red Sox and Yankees matchup ad nauseam anyways?) and that is Yankees vs. Rangers.
These two teams certainly have a bit of a history in the playoffs. Quite a history from the Rangers point of view—every time the Rangers have made the playoffs, they've faced the Yankees.
And since the recent history is certainly more palatable—at least for the Rangers fan—then why even utter the 1-9 postseason record against the Yankees in the late-'90s?