A big four-game series starts tonight and the Yankees will only be spectators. Yes, I'm talking about the Red Sox-Rays series which opens tonight at Fenway.
Just before the season began, the Boston Red Sox were proclaimed AL East Champions by just about every MLB "expert" in every media outlet in the country. The Red Sox were going to run away with the division, they all said, and we were probably looking at a Red Sox-Phillies World Series.
Well, not so fast, guys. There appears to be a fly in the ointment, so to speak. The Red Sox have played themselves out of first place, into a four-game lead against Tampa Bay in the Wild Card standings. Boston has been playing lousy lately and Tampa Bay has gained ground. Can they gain more gound this weekend? I hope so. In fact. I'm hoping for a four-game sweep by Tampa Bay. I'm hoping Tampa Bay destroys Boston and, over the next few weeks, knocks them completely out of the playoffs.
Will my hopes turn into reality? Probably not. Boston is just too good. But, just imagine it happening. After all that was said in the off-season and during Spring Training, and after Boston's complete domination over the Yankees practically all season long, the Red Sox don't even make the playoffs. Talk about a major upset!
I'll be watching this series closely all weekend and I hope it happens. Go, Rays!
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