Today is the most astounding day in baseball I can recall. There were four games worth watching, each containing one of the four teams competing for the wild card spots in the playoffs. Only one of them was boring, but it was the one I wanted to be boring. The Cards erupted for 8 runs vs Houston, and Carpenter delivered a complete game shutout. Meanwhile, in the other three games:
– Atlanta led over Philly 3-2 with one out remaining. They cough up a run, go to extra innings, and lose 4-3 in the 13th. Their loss ensures the Cards entrance into the playoffs. Tonight reminded me of 2004 in a weird way. What happened to the Cards was amazing, just as the 7-game thrilling NLCS against Houston was that year. And yet despite that, from an objective perspective what happened in the AL was more amazing. In 2004, I refer to Boston’s coming back from 0-3 to win the ALCS vs the Yankees. As for tonight:
– The Rays were losing 0-7 in the 8th inning. They score 6 runs in the 8th. Then they tie it in the 9th when someone I’ve never even heard who is hitting under .200 hits a HR in the 9th with 2 outs and 2 strikes against him. They go to extra innings and Longoria hits a walkoff HR in the bottom of the 12th to deliver the 8-7 win.
– Meanwhile, three minutes before that happened, Boston loses to Baltimore. Baltimore is trailing 2-3 with 2 outs and no one on base when they hit a double, a double, and then a single to knock in 2 runs and walkoff with the 4-3 victory.
Obviously I am very happy about this, because the Cards are my favorite team, and the Red Sox are my least favorite, so today basically feels like Christmas came early. But nonetheless, even as a casual baseball fan, what happened tonight was probably the most incredible thing I’ve seen in sports. The Yankees hadn’t blown a 7-run lead in the 8th since 1953. Boston had apparently won every game this year, all 77 of them, in which they led after the 8th inning. Three teams led in the 9th with two outs, and proceeded to lose! I’ll never forget tonight; fucking baseball.