Quote of the game
"Weird. Just when you think you've seen it all. You have a team down seven runs in the eighth and Boston winning [at that time]. It was very bizarre." -- Yankee SS Derek Jeter, after stunning late-game reversals that sent Tampa Bay to the playoffs and Boston home
Well, that was fun!
It’s not often you get the equivalent of four “game 7s” all occurring at the same time. And while St. Louis put their game away early, the other three all turned in the ninth inning, with two extending into extra frames. It was convenient of the rain to arrive in Baltimore just in time allow for a channel-click to the watch the Rays come back from 7-0 deficit in the 8th. That delay also allowed the endings of the two A.L. game to dramatically synch up, as the walk-off homer in the Rays game followed the stunning Red Sox collapse by only a few minutes. Baseball couldn’t have scripted that any better - and if it was a movie script, would anyone really believe it?
Congrats to Gurupie Uptown Bombers, who finshed on top in a dominating season of the RIBC, sweeping all five hitting categories, and also topping two of the pitching cats - while tanking saves! After nipping at his heels for the second half of the season, my team ran out of gas in the final ten days, and the margin of victory turned out to be rather comfortable-looking. Congrats to all of the qualifying league champions as well. If the NBA season is a washout, we may be planning for next year’s baseball action before you know it!