Over the last month we saw the mighty Red Sox go from leading the AL East to destination unknown. It was hard to watch—even as a Yankee fan—because truthfully I felt bad, the same way I did for the Mets in 2007.
This was the Red Sox team that Sports Illustrated proclaimed would win 100 games, en route to winning another World Series Championship in the magazine’s annual "Baseball Preview" issue.
Now just try to conceive the mutiny that must be going on at ESPN.
ESPN is the sports equivalent of CNN, and minus my favorite expert Skip Bayless, the kit and kaboodle made up of ex-players and the game’s most respected analysts must be in shock. Just Gordon Edes’ bold predictions alone are enough for any network to hang their heads in shame.
And let’s not forget about ESPN’s predicting machine that simulates a full season of 162 games for all 30 teams, and it picked the Red Sox, too. Just read my preseason article "ESPN’s Baseball Machine Even Hates The Yankees" to see exactly what a robot that was made in Beantown forecast for this 2011 MLB season.
Truthfully, at the start of this historical Wednesday, all my pity and heartfelt sentiments for my Yankees' hated rivals had still not gone completely out the window. The real moment it did was at the top of the second inning. With two outs on the board and the bases loaded, Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam off ace David Price.
Suddenly the scoreboard read 5-0, and I wanted the Yankees to lose.
Call me whatever you want because I deserve it. Anyone with a brain knows the Yankees would be better off in the ALCS playing a team that went 7-20 in September over a hot team like Tampa Bay, which went 17-10, but during this game I did not care.
Look, I was born in New York City and lived through the Boston rivalry when it was at its height. I had to endure the pain of the 2004 ALCS.
So, I guess you can chalk my selfishness up to my hometown pride getting the better of me.
Surely I am not alone in not wanting anything Yankees helping anything Red Sox. And Wednesday night, losing became the easiest solution, as it only made the Red Sox the losers or tied. It just felt right to have Boston be the Rays' problem to deal with.
Nevertheless, looking towards tomorrow signifies the games start to count again for the Yankees. So, it is time for all Yankee fans to get ready to cheer this remarkable group all the way to another (28) World Series Championship.
Quick note to the Rays:
I offer my heartiest compliments to the Tampa Bay Rays for never giving up and earning a well-deserved spot to play in October (once again). I think it is about time MLB’s front office brass—i.e. Bud Selig—to start pushing the city of Tampa Bay to build a stadium warranted by this terrific team.