Yankees 19, Sox 8
WP: Robertson (4-0) LP: Pauley (0-1) SV: None
HRs: BOS-Youkilis (29), Ellsbury (9); NYY-Ransom, 2 (4), Demon (17)
On a night that a Nor’easter drenched the Commonwealth, the├é┬áSox handed the AL East title to the├é┬áRays by choosing to sit key players rather than risk injuries before the playoffs.
Interestingly enough, despite having nothing to play for and after sitting through an hour and a half rain delay, New York still chose to field a starting lineup that included regulars at every position except catcher.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Not if you want to pad stats, risk injury, and punish veterans by sending them into a contest that had no business being played in the first place, due to an extremely wet field and a constant stream of precipitation that flowed throughout.
I just find it highly amusing that├é┬áthe Sox, with the division still up for grabs after another Rays loss to Detroit, were the ones acting like this was a meaningless game by scratch-ing starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and sitting David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek, while the Yanks treated it like a playoff game.
Which I guess for them it was.
Maybe they’re just not used to playing with absolutely nothing at stake this late in the season. Either that or manager Joe Girardi was being a total dick. But definitely one or the other.
No matter, the suspense is over regarding the playoff positions in the East; the Rays are division champs for the first time in their illustrious history, while the Red Sox will be the AL Wild Card entrant for the├é┬áfourth time in the last six years and sixth time since the format was adopted in 1995.
And as I said in my previous post, they have no one to blame but themselves.
Sure they could gripe about the fact that MLB and/or the Boston brass played the role of money-grubbing scumbags by forcing this game to played when no one in their right mind expected the game to go off as planned. As late as 6:30 this evening, rain was still falling at a steady clip, and according to my inside source (thanks Mom), it had been “raining sideways” all afternoon.
This blatant cash grab was carried out in fear that a postponed game might not be rescheduled due to more rain in the forecast for tomorrow, and if the Rays won tonight or tomorrow, a Sox victory would be meaningless, therefore rendering a makeup game unnecessary.
So instead of biting the bullet and appeasing the fans, many of which did not bother to show up for this one thanks to the unseemly weather and near surety of a cancellation, the game was played in front of a half empty stadium draped in rain and fog.
Ah, the joys of corporate greed at its finest.
But like I said, Boston had its chance to wrap up the division a week ago when it played the Rays in St. Pete, and by losing four of its last six to the pesky Rays, the Sox Wild Card fate was all but sealed by the time they departed TIA.
And so the Yanks dealt a final blow to their bitter rivals by preventing them from becoming back-to-back division champs, and in doing so guaranteed these next two games will feature more kids than a Nickelodeon special and more scrubs than an emergency room.
Unless the Yanks decide to play all their starters again.
If that’s the case, break a leg, A-Rod. Seriously.