When I came back from my week long
trip to the hug-tent hiatus from blogging, one of the things that really stood out to me upon stepping back to take in what everyone else was doing around the league was that there really wasn’t any particular team outside of the A.L. East who seemed drastically better than the Yankees, or any other World Series contender. When I said that, it was Texas specifically that I had in mind. I hadn’t taken much time to watch West Coast baseball for much of the second half, so I still thought of the Rangers as the A.L. favorites and someone I couldn’t see the Yankees beating in their August-September form. During the time I spent watching the rest of MLB more than the A.L. East, however, Texas went 3-3, including dropping two out of three games in Seattle, and didn’t really look much better than anyone else east of the Mississippi.
I don’t know if there’s a profound point here, but what I’m trying to get across is that Yankee fans shouldn’t think that the Bombers coming back to the pack is unique to them, nor sell short what the A’s and O’s accomplished this year. There just isn’t a ton of separation at the top of the junior circuit this year, which makes it pretty incredible that all the Yankees have to do to secure the league’s best record is beat Dice-K after all of the injuries they’ve dealt with this year. It also means that the postseason should be truly wide open, which is probably a lot more entertaining if you don’t have a vested interest in the outcomes.