This article in today's Globe is so poignant...
I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd much rather take on Cleveland and all their bugs than go through another Yankees ALCS. But...you know, I never expected it to happen.
I keep thinking of that Friday game when I was in Tampa watching the other scores around the league, and for 8½ innings Toronto was beating the Yankees 4-0, and I didn't trust it. Sure enough, when we got back to the car, it was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th.
It's weird, but I kind of have that same feeling now. I can't believe it actually happened. I just can't wrap my mind around this reality that has us playing the Indians on Friday at Fenway and not the Yankees. And it's a little bit scary. I mean, if we lose to the Yankees, that's one thing. We've done that before. Lots of times. We know how to lose to the Yankees. It's familiar and, because of its familiarity, it's almost comfortable. Winning is better, but if we're going to lose, might as well be to the same team we always lose to, right?
But now, if we lose, we're losing to Cleveland. If we don't win these next four to seven games, we are being defeated by the Indians. We're being beaten by a team from a Red State. And if that happens, all our old comfortable defences get basically blown out of the water. It's easy to lose to the Yankees. We know what to say, and how to act, when that happens. But that's not going to happen this year.
We're in uncharted territory now. We're on our own. We don't have the Yankees to hide behind any more.
O, brave new world, that has such baseball in't.