Looks like I jumped the gun on my Teixiera Farewell blog huh? Here I was thinking his Monday night 9th inning game tying pimp job home run would be the perfect way to go out. Damage a hated division rival’s playoff chances, uncharacteristically pimp a home run right in their face. It was beautiful. As great a career-ending moment as someone in Teixeira’s position could ask for.
And then last night happened.
Not just a walk off… Not just a walk off grand slam… Not just a walk off grand slam against the Red Sox… Not just a walk off grand slam against the Red Sox after Craig Kimbrel shit the bed… Not just a walk off grand slam against the Red Sox after Craig Kimbrel shit the bed that stopped Boston from celebrating on the field…
But a walk off grand slam against the Red Sox after Craig Kimbrel shit the bed that stopped Boston from celebrating on the field after a Toronto loss had already clinched it for them.
Those motherfuckers had to walk in the locker room and act excited and pop champagne after losing on a walk off granny! That has to be the first time that’s ever happened, right? I mean there’s no way a team has technically clinched their division mid game, then blown a 3 run 9th inning lead on a walk off grand slam, and THEN had to somberly walk into the locker room and muster up the excitement to celebrate that division title.
Look, congrats to the Sox. They were the best team in the division. They deserved it. But god damn if I’m not juiced for a youthful revival of this rivalry the next few years. They’ve got some established stars in Betts and Bogarts and Bradley and more on the way with Benintendi and Moncada and Devers. We have Gary and Clint and Gleybar and Mateo and Judge and Bird and the best goddamn farm system in baseball. Will the Sox-Yankees rivalry ever return to what it was in the early to mid 2000’s? Eh, remains to be seen. But for the first time in what feels like a decade both teams will be young and exciting. And, most importantly, for the first time in my lifetime they’ll both be seriously competitive with homegrown talent and I think that’s really fucking cool.
The Yankees might not be making the playoffs. This win will probably mean nothing in the grand scheme of it. But god damn does it feel good to ruin any type of Boston celebration, especially when you’re on skype about to Podcast with a Red Sox fan and get to watch him watch the Red Sox somberly celebrate.
Podcast? Oh yeah here’s that Podcast. PLUG IT PLUG IT PLUG IT