Stupid Yankees won the division yesterday, because of a stupid rule.
The Red Sox can still win the wild card, and I think they will. I'm trying to be happy about that, but I so wanted them to win the division. My head knows that getting into the playoffs is all that matters, but my heart wanted more. I don't know when it became so important to me to see my former team - the colors I lived and died for for more than 25 years - to lose. But this year, it became unreasonably important. I confess I took as much pleasure in Yankees losses as I did in Red Sox wins. That can only mean one thing: I really have become a citizen of Red Sox Nation.
The stupidest part of this stupid thing is that, if the Red Sox win today, the two teams have identical records. The Yankees will have won 10 out of the 19 regular season games against each other, as opposed to the Red Sox's 9 wins. By virtue of that 10-9 record, they win the AL East title.
Wild card good. Wild card good. That's me reminding myself. Since the wild card was introduced in 1995 (the way the Yankees finally clawed their way back into post-season play), the wild-card winner has gone on to the win the World Series four times, including three consecutive years (2002-2004). In 2002, both teams in the World Series had been wild cards. Today, a Red Sox win or a Cleveland loss - or better yet, both - guarantees us a playoff spot, and at the very worst, there'll be a one-game playoff tomorrow.
So, onward. (But it's still stupid.)