Red Sox finished their epic collapse - Baltimore 4, Boston 3
86 more years till the next World Series win
I think it was H. L. Mencken who said, ""Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." Mencken was a Baltimore guy, too... the motherf*cker.
The Boston Red Sox finished their epic collapse in fine fashion last night, giving up 2 runs with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th to fall to the Baltimore Orioles. The loss, matched with a gutsy win by the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees (Evan Longoria capped a comeback from being down 7-0 by hitting an extra innings home run), eliminated Boston from postseason play.
Boston can bitch about the game not being called after a 90 minute rain delay, but Karma cares little for rain or snow, foul or fair, and so forth.
Boston was 9 games up on Tamper on September 3rd, and the Rays didn't tear up the league to catch up to us... we just sucked so hard that you were physically drawn towards Fenway Park by the force of it.
Which Witch said:
"When The Hurlyburly's Done/When The Battle's Lost And Won"? See here.
In order for the Sox to match the second worst September Swoon in MLB history, they would have had to win 8 of their final 12 games. Instead, a team with a GDP-style budget lost out. By comparison, everyone on Tampa Bay's roster makes less than Carl Crawford, John Lackey, and Daiseuke Matsuzaka's combined salaries.
Long story, short... we started the season with a rotation of Josh Beckett, Clay Bucholz, Jon Lester, Dice-K, and John Lackey. We finished with Lackey, Beckett, Lester, Tim Wakefield and TBA.
Injuries don't excuse the Swoon, however. The Yankers had far worse injury problems than we did, and they not only made the playoffs, they leapt over us to do so. The Red Sox have now set the September Swoon standard.
I'm not really going to write too much about it, as A) you probably feel awful already, B) it's never a good sign when I have to edit the word "motherfuc*er" from my first paragraph, and C) I'm barely holding off a Columbine-style rampage.
There's always next year... but folks said that around here for 86 years before it bore fruit, and I don't have that kind of time left.