The Yanks haven’t played in two days and have still managed to pick up a game in the AL East standings. They’re that good. Actually, Boston is that bad right now. A month ago it would have been hard to conceive that this game would mean more for the Tigers than the Yanks, but at this moment, Detroit holds a smaller lead over both Chicago and Minnesota in the central than the Yanks hold over the Sox. Again, this dramatic change in the standings has to be traced mostly to a Sox team in the middle of a historic collapse. The question needs to be asked: When was the last time a $120 million team lost 20 games in a month? Actually, that question doesn’t need to be asked, but I can’t help but think that so much money could be used to better ends. I kid. This is YFvSF after all. Turn-around is fair play. Also, as many Sox fans have become philosophical and are all about perspective in recent days, we must not forget that this is just a game. Or, if that seems too trite and empty, you can take solace in the fact that you’re not an Orioles fan. Again, let’s not get too angry at this Yanks fan. I’m a freaking Yanks fan! Despite my generally civil and respectful tone, I can’t help but hate the Sox. It’s nothing personal. The regular Sox fans contributors here all seem like good people. Heck, I assume we’d all get along famously if we all sat down for a drink at team-neutral bar. But let’s not pretend that I’m not above indulging in a little schadenfreude right about now.
And with that I get to the serious part of the program. Really, this is meant in all seriousness. Big Papi, you’re a great ambassador for my favorite sport, you’re an essential part of the greatest rivalry in sports, you’re a worthy MVP candidate, and you seem like a splendid human being. Get better. I hope you’re back on the field soon.
Back to the trivial matter at hand. The Yanks and Tigers have been the two best teams in baseball for nearly the whole year (if you, like SF, are a loyal follower of Pythagorean records). This series is quite possibly a preview of this year’s ALCS. Most people, however, are discounting the Tigers’ chances in the post-season. But my question is why? It’s become a truism on this site and others that pitching and defense wins post-season series. The Tigers are basically the best pitching and defensive team in baseball. So, why no love for the Tigres de Detroit from so many posters and experts? Anyway, the game is set to begin soon. It’s Wang v. Robertson. Comment here.