I hate the Red Sox. Not as much as I hate the Yankees, but it's a pretty strong hate. Needless to say, I was rooting for a Red Sox loss and a Tampa Bay win last night, but with the Rays down 7-0 to the Yankees and the Red Sox up 3-2 in Baltimore, I figured I wasn't going to get my way.
That's when everything I love about sports came together. Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon struck out the first two batters in the ninth, putting them an out away from beating the Orioles. Then, right on cue, Chris Davis doubled. Then Nolan Reimold doubled. And finally, Robert Andino singled to hand the Red Sox their 19th loss in their last 26 games.
Meanwhile, in Tampa Bay, the Rays were pulling off quite the comeback. They beat the Yankees 8-7 on an Evan Longoria 12th inning walk-off homer to win the wild card spot. The Red Sox, against all odds, were done.
Hey Boston, how do ya like them apples?