A Long Time Coming

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, who tonight (aided by the Baltimore Orioles) captured their first division crown in over a decade. Though there is much hard work to be done in the coming weeks, for a night the boys should celebrate their accomplishment. Anyone who thinks that the players cared not a whit about winning the division should have seen the Olde Towne Team romping over the infield, champagne bottles spraying players and fans alike, a momentary release of pressure before the high-stakes games start next week.

Way to go, guys.

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  • SFs congrats and good luck. Should be a fun Oct. (more fun for us hopefully)

    Sam-YF September 29, 2007, 12:59 am
  • WOO HOO!!!
    And this is off-topic, but I just saw it on rotoworld and I hadn’t seen it anywhere else –
    In the post-game celebration after the Yankees clinched a playoff spot Wednesday, Alex Rodriguez, who can opt out of his deal after the season, hinted he wants to stay in New York.
    “This feels like home. It’s hard to believe that I played for another two organizations. So much has happened to me here – adversity, some success – that I feel like anything but New York feels weird for me now,” Rodriguez said. Perhaps that was just the champagne talking, but this is the clearest indication yet that A-Rod will remain a Yankee in 2008. Sep. 27 – 10:24 am et

    Tyrel SF September 29, 2007, 1:14 am
  • I’m so happy.

    Devine September 29, 2007, 1:36 am
  • Figures it would be the day I’m covering football and completely away from technology. :-P
    Clinching the division in 1995 is still one of my fondest memories; its’s awesome to have another one under the ole belt.

    Paul SF September 29, 2007, 3:12 am
  • Nice going. Good luck in the ALDS…see you in the ALCS! :)

    nettles-yf September 29, 2007, 3:18 am
  • Kudos to the best team in baseball!

    BostonRAW September 29, 2007, 7:44 am
  • “…Kudos to the best team in baseball!…”
    uh, that would be cleveland…

    dc September 29, 2007, 9:29 am
  • on arod: i’m guessing that he’ll still opt out tyrel, but unless the money/perks are really great somewhere else, i agree that it sounds like ny might have a slight edge…of course i think he once said he didn’t ever want to leave texas [or something similar] after they named him the captain…

    dc September 29, 2007, 9:33 am
  • Congrats Sox fans…it must feel nice to unseat the Empire for a year! See you in the ALCS!!!

    krueg September 29, 2007, 10:20 am
  • “…Kudos to the best team in baseball!…”
    Dont you mean the yankees DC? ;)

    Sam-YF September 29, 2007, 10:55 am
  • Now that the teams are officially matched up (Yankees vs Indians, Red Sox vs Angels) I think we know how the schedules will end up. If the Red Sox get the best record in baseball, they’ll opt for the shorter schedule, and if the Indians have the best record they’ll choose the long one.
    In other words, no matter what happens the Yankees will have to hit against Sabathia and Carmona in 4 of the 5 games.
    This makes me smile.

    Atheose September 29, 2007, 11:33 am
  • “…Dont you mean the yankees DC? ;)…”
    uh, ok
    by the way sf, i was glad that you specified that the players cared about winning the division…not caring was the management spin, and i don’t recall any of the players going along with it, if you don’t count manny ;) …hard to imagine the players not caring, so i think you’re right on…

    dc September 29, 2007, 11:39 am
  • Congrats to the players. They deserve it.
    And big bravo to the front office. Perfect manipulation of the media. Release the Buck news late on a Friday and knowing that it would get buried, at some point, by the division celebration and playoff stories. It’s not like they didn’t know for the last two weeks. Really, textbook example of feeding the press. If only those guys were as good at player evaluation…
    Gotta run. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody.

    Pete September 29, 2007, 12:04 pm
  • Congratulations to the American League East Champion Red Sox and to the Sox regulars around here, you guys deserve it. Enjoy.
    Sorry to hear about Clay also. I am sure that will only add more fuel to Pete’s fire regarding the Gagne move. See if the Sox had just used Clay as a reliever XYZ…Sorry, I have his rants memorized at this point.

    John - YF (Trisk) September 29, 2007, 12:53 pm
  • “uh, that would be cleveland…”
    …did I miss something? The Sox and Indians have identical 95-65 records…

    Josh SF (D1) September 29, 2007, 12:55 pm
  • Yes, because Buck’s arm would have been better served changing his routine and shoving him into 16 one inning relief appearances, all at this young age. Just because the Yankees did it with Chamberlain doesn’t mean it will work with every pitcher. Physically, everyone is different. Look at Ian Kennedy: do you see Yankees fans going apeshit about his situation? Sometimes teams need to take it slowly with young pitchers, sometimes not. I wonder if there had been blogs back in 1984 what you would have said about Roger Clemens when he hurt his shoulder and missed a decent amount of time recovering, nearly a season to do so. I imagine you would have shat all over the Sox for ruining his career, seeing as you seem to know everything about the physiology and use of young hurlers.
    Pete, I respect your right to disagree with the front office, but your incessant complaining about the Red Sox (without almost any positive commentary) is frankly a little bizarre.

    SF September 29, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • Wow. Papelbon is too clutch for pants…

    Yanksfan in MA September 29, 2007, 1:37 pm
  • SF, I hope you know I was speaking as Pete? I don’t think the Sox did a single thing wrong with Clay. Just to clarify, I was only saying this would add fuel to HIS argument.
    As for Pete’s bizarre nature and criticizing of the Sox, well that’s easy…He’s a Yankee fan. He’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, trust me.

    John - YF (Trisk) September 29, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Absolutely nothing to do with baseball…but this is the single stupidest f*cking lawsuit I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
    This country’s legal system is garbage.

    Josh SF (D1) September 29, 2007, 2:20 pm
  • Congrats to the Sox and SFs. See you in the ‘LS, hopefully! Smack the crap outta the Halos for us, will ya?

    yankeemonkey September 29, 2007, 2:28 pm
  • Yeah, what idiots, those Sox front office types are. They know so little about player evaluation, they’ve only put together a playoff-caliber team four out of vie years, a World series winner AND a division champion!
    Man, they suck!

    Paul SF September 29, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • Anyone seeing what John Maine is doing right now? 13 K’s over 7 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB.

    Atheose September 29, 2007, 3:34 pm
  • Are you sure that’s not some overexcited gay guy? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
    Also holy shit, the FURY of John Maine.

    doug YF September 29, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • Too bad for the Mets he didn’t do that before they’d fallen out of first. He could throw a 19-K no-hitter and still end the day one game out of the playoffs.

    Paul SF September 29, 2007, 3:49 pm
  • That’s it. Hit with two outs in the eighth, and Maine leaves the game.

    Paul SF September 29, 2007, 3:53 pm
  • Congrats, SF’s.
    …and worst of luck in October!!! :)

    Andrews September 29, 2007, 4:55 pm
  • “…did I miss something?…”
    apparently d-1…you missed the comment by b-raw giving his “kudos” to the “best team in baseball”…i assumed he meant the sox since that was the subject of the post…i merely pointed out that some would argue for cleveland…today’s another day…

    dc September 30, 2007, 7:20 am

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