It's disappointing to see the season end, especially so soon into the postseason, but we Sox fans have been spoiled the last couple of years. The Sox have made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, which they have never done before in their history. True, they made it as a Wild Card each time, but this year they ended the regular season with the same record as the Stinkins. To me, that's a tie; don't hand me any nonsense about bullshit tiebreakers. Save that crap for the NFL and BCS.
It was nice to see David and Manny go down fighting tonight. And it was a real thrill to watch Ortiz play out-of-his-mind, MVP-caliber baseball this year. He's my pick for MVP. And don't hand me any shit about his not playing defense. The DH is an abomination, but if we're going to live with it, there's no reason DH's shouldn't be considered for postseason awards. If they're not players, what are they?
And while we're at it, I don't want to hear any A-Rod crap, either. He's a great player, but he's surrounded by great players. If the MVP award recognizes the most valuable player, it should go to the guy who did the most to get his team where it is. Ortiz was Mr. Clutch all season long, and the Sox would have been toast without him. If the Stinkins didn't have A-Rod, they could just lean on another of their seven starting All-Stars to carry them.
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Thanks for an enjoyable season, Sox. Go Angels!