9.29.2007

boston red sox: 2007 american league east division champs

We did it!!!!

For the first time since 1995, the Boston Red Sox have won their division. This means I got half of what I wanted - the New York Yankees are still in the playoffs, having won the wild card - but it's the half I wanted most.

In order for Boston to clinch the division last night, they had to win and the Yankees had to lose. After Boston won, every Red Sox fan switched over to the Yankees game and rooted for the Baltimore Orioles. At Fenway Park, the Yankees game went up on the video screen, and the crowd that had just seen the first half the equation stayed for part two. In a dramatic finish, the Yankees blew a late-inning three-run lead, and lost in extra innings. And Red Sox Nation exploded.

Because of the wild card - in existence since 1995 - both Boston and New York have been in the playoffs many times in the last 12 years, something that was previously impossible in this age-old rivalry.

Those years include Boston losing the American League pennant to the Yankees in the most heartbreaking loss in the history of heartbreak (2003), and Boston winning that same pennant in the biggest comeback in baseball history (2004), after which they went on to win their first World Series in 86 years.

So, many things have happened since 1995, but one thing hadn't: Boston had yet to win the division. The Yankees always finished on top. But not this year. This year the Red Sox had been in first place since mid-April, and in first place they remain.

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Hey, guess what? WE DID IT!

15 comments:

Nigel Patel said...

I was actually paying a little attention to the Tigers this year whenever I could.
Most of the baseball news I heard was on Philadelphia radio so they didn't touch on them much.
As long as the Phillies don't win I'm fine.

MSEH said...

Woo-hoo! Enjoy!

redsock said...

Had it all the way.

M@ said...

Excellent -- I'm happy for you guys. I'm pulling for Boston in the playoffs!

The long, frustrating road only makes the eventual victory that much sweeter, doesn't it (and if anyone knows this, it's Sox fans). I don't know how the Sox can top 2004, but if they can, this would be a great year to do it.

On that note... tonight, I'm going to be watching another Tiger-Cats game. They're heading for last place in their division for the eighth time in my lifetime. If the tiger was a horse, they'd shoot it... maybe if I write a book about them, they'll in the Grey Cup next year? :)

redsock said...

I don't know how the Sox can top 2004

They can't. It's impossible. (That's not a bad thing.)

L-girl said...

Thanks guys :)

The long, frustrating road only makes the eventual victory that much sweeter, doesn't it (and if anyone knows this, it's Sox fans).

Yes, but... as a former Yankees fan, I can tell you that a clean, never-in-doubt, soaring-to-the-top victory is a lot of fun, too. :)

I don't know how the Sox can top 2004

I agree with Allan. It can never be done. But thank goodness, because I never want to live through that again!

On that note... tonight, I'm going to be watching another Tiger-Cats game. They're heading for last place in their division for the eighth time in my lifetime.

:<(

You're more like a Cubs fan than a Sox fan.

maybe if I write a book about them, they'll in the Grey Cup next year? :)

Start researching now, then sweat it out through 4 or 5 winning seasons, fearing that they will finally win a championship and render your book meaningless. Then put the book out, get some publicity for a season or two.

Then they can win a Grey Cup.

M@ said...

You're more like a Cubs fan than a Sox fan.

Yeah -- it does feel like it. At least there have been Cup wins in my lifetime. The Ti-Cats have an interesting record in that they've won a Grey Cup at least once per decade since the CFL began. So I've seen two (though I've also seen a really exciting Grey Cup loss, which for me were almost as good as a win).

Start researching now, then sweat it out through 4 or 5 winning seasons, fearing that they will finally win a championship and render your book meaningless.

Crap! I didn't think it would take that much work. Anyhow, they're due for a win in the next 3 seasons, so I don't have that much time.

Anyhow, it's a lot of work. I think I'll have to stick with being hopeful until the end of June, and then hating life until late November...

At least we can all be happy that we're not Mets fans, eh?

L-girl said...

The Ti-Cats have an interesting record in that they've won a Grey Cup at least once per decade since the CFL began.

I didn't realize that. Definitely not Cubs territory. :)

(though I've also seen a really exciting Grey Cup loss, which for me were almost as good as a win)

Wow! Isn't that called a heartbreak? That must be the difference between the single-game championship and the 7-game-series. By the time you get to Game 7, extra innings, and lose, it's definitely not almost as good as a win.

At least we can all be happy that we're not Mets fans, eh?

A collapse of historic proportions. I almost feel sorry for them. But that's what they get for being Mets fans.

Jere said...

Don't forget those '97 Baltimore Orioles, AL East Champs. (Wow, doesn't that sound weird?) (Unless you meant the Yanks always came out on top--of the Red Sox.)

I agree, nothing can top 2004, but only because of the drought that preceded it. The Sox could again come back from 3-0 down to the Yanks to go to the World Series, but this time come back from 3-0 down to win in that, too. That would "top" 2004 in many ways if you looked at it on the surface. But it still wouldn't be like 2004.

L-girl said...

(Unless you meant the Yanks always came out on top--of the Red Sox.)

Yes, that's what I meant. The Yankees have finished ahead of the Red Sox in the standings every year since then. Until now. :)

I agree, nothing can top 2004, but only because of the drought that preceded it.

But no game or series can ever be removed from its context. Game 6 (1986) would have been just another forgettable loss. Etc. etc.

The Sox could again come back from 3-0 down to the Yanks to go to the World Series, but this time come back from 3-0 down to win in that, too.

I never want to live through such a thing. Please. No.

M@ said...

Yeah, the Ti-Cats aren't the Cubs. But they have this knack for winning the Cup, and then descending to the sewer for the next few years. This last stretch -- the Cup in '99, then seven of eight seasons with a less-than-25% record (and one season with a 1-17 record) -- has been very difficult to take.

But, hey, yeah. We've won championships in my lifetime. I can't complain too much. We've only got 3 years left to keep the decade streak going though -- not much time left!

The 1989 Grey Cup, though, was really something special. It would be similar, I think, to a 7th game going into the 9th tied something like 12-12, with your team hitting a grand slam in the top of the ninth and then watching the other team getting hit after hit and just barely squeezing out that winning run. Heartbreak, yes indeed. But all credit to the team for their performance, which was nothing short of spectacular, in a brilliantly exciting game. If I had to watch a Grey Cup loss, that would be the one.

But I don't mean to get away from the main topic here. Go Sox! The first game is Thursday is it not? I might not be watching but I'll be checking in to see the score! Good luck to all you Sox fans.

Jere said...

First game is Wednesday.

"Game 6 (1986) would have been just another forgettable loss. Etc. etc."

But that game had excitement, whereas the four World Series games in 2004 were fairly boring. But, of course, you know what's at stake in every case, so, yeah.

L-girl said...

M@, thanks for the Ti-Cat info, it's interesting. The CFL is a complete unknown to me. (Although now it's a complete unknown minus anything you've told me about the Ti-Cats.)

Our division series starts Weds (as Jere said). We have all our postseason viewing mapped out - Allan has sick days, vacation days, switching shifts... My work schedule coincides with the game schedule a lot better. It looks like we should only have to miss one game the entire postseason. I think that's pretty good (Allan disagrees).

L-girl said...

PS

We've won championships in my lifetime. I can't complain too much.

Oh sure you can, and you should.

M@ said...

Oh sure you can, and you should.

Heh. Got that covered. Should've heard me Saturday.

Sox in four, right?