No One Was Surprised By The MLB Finish
Silly Red Sox & Braves fans. Did anyone really think last night would end any differently? Don’t get me wrong, I was rooting for the Atlanta Braves to win and make it into the National League Playoffs as the wild card team. I was also rooting for the fun-loving Boston Red Sox to clinch the American League wild card. I actually did not think either team would come through, much less have it happen in the fashion it did.
The Atlanta Braves squandered a large lead in the NL wild card race to the St. Louis Cardinals and any chance they had of winning the NL East by going a combined 7-16 this season against both the Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies. Does this surprise anyone? The Braves, who won how many division titles with the great Bobby Cox, won one; I repeat one, World Series championships. (And that was against the Cleveland Indians, so it really doesn’t count). The Braves are a fun team to root for. They play hard, they play solid baseball, and who doesn’t love the ‘Tomahawk Chop’? But they will forever be a team that can’t finish when it comes to crunch time.
As for Red Sox nation, the so-called ‘Curse’ is back. After winning an amazing 2004 World Series and then re-capturing the magic in 2007, the Red Sox once again fall just short with another heartbreak. Did anyone seriously think the Yankees were going to let the Red Sox into the playoffs? Of course not. Even if they felt like Tampa Bay would be a harder postseason match-up, the Yankees would do everything in their power to make sure the BoSox suffer further. They have to; it’s part of their make up and the make up of pure baseball.
I am not trying to give Atlanta and Boston fans a hard time. I mean, after all, I am a Chicago Cubs fan.
Follow me on Twitter: @BruceRWilson