October 3, 2005


Boston Pops Back Again: The Red Sox secure wild-card berth midway through beating the Yankees, 10-1, and end up earning a playoff spot against the White Sox. (Tim Brown, October 3, 2005, LA Times)

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees finished, as it turns out, where they began, with a shrug and a wave separating them.

After three games at Fenway Park, where there's a different party every night, the 95-67 Yankees are champions of the American League East, the 95-67 Red Sox the wild-card qualifiers, and by Sunday evening everyone was packing to head west for the playoffs.

What began as a play-in game for the Red Sox morphed into a stay-at-home game for the Yankees and deteriorated into a clear-the-benches game for everybody, with the Red Sox winning, 10-1.

For their best-of-five division playoff series, the Yankees open in Anaheim on Tuesday and the Red Sox start Tuesday in Chicago.

Those plane rides can't help the elderly Yankees.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 3, 2005 9:04 AM

I'm trying hard to avoid liking the Astros to take it all.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 3, 2005 9:09 AM

White Sox in 4. Doesn't pitching beat hitting in championships?

I hope this doesn't this mean you'll bar me from commenting.

Posted by: Bruno at October 3, 2005 9:36 AM

Has any White Sox pitcher other than El Duque ever won a playoff game? Maybe Garcia?

Posted by: oj at October 3, 2005 9:43 AM

I'm a Yankee fan, but will appreciate the irony in Houston riding the arms of Clemens and Pettitte to the title.

Posted by: Foos at October 3, 2005 10:10 AM

Didn't bother the elderly Red Sox last season.

Go White Sox. Go Yanks. Go Houston.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 3, 2005 10:34 AM

The thinking last night was that the Yanks would have been better off getting the wild card due to a) less travel and b) they match up better to the White Sox than the Angels (Angels 6-4 vs NYY this year). And the Red Sox match up better to the White Sox than the Angels.

Posted by: AWW at October 3, 2005 11:08 AM

Thanks to Cleveland's choking, all the Red Sox did was to keep their fans from whining for another week. But it'll be nice when the Los Anaheim Angels dispose of the Damnyankess quickly. National League? Who cares.

Whites Sox vs. Padres.

Go-Go White Sox!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 3, 2005 11:22 AM

Anyone check out the rosters yet to see how the ex-Cub factor will come into play?

The Yanks have three -- Bellhorn, Lawton, and Gordon.

No one on the Angels sticks out as a having played for the Northsiders.

Bad sign for the Yanks.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 3, 2005 12:50 PM

Given the manic-depressive nature of the New York media, opening away from home after a three-game series in Boston may not be the worst thing in thw world for the Yanks, since a Game 1 loss at the Stadium would be greeted as the end of the world, or at the very least the end of Joe Torre in pinstripes.

That may still happen -- I'm expecting a split in Anaheim, a split in New York, and the Angels win Game 5 at home, while the ChiSox resume their second half swoon and lose in four to Boston. And I actually expect Atlanta to make it all the way to the series this year before they do their usual tent folding act and lose to the Angels.

Posted by: John at October 3, 2005 3:35 PM

Baseball: So boring that I have a friend who wouldn't let his roommate have it on the tube unless they both got stoned.

Posted by: Tom at October 4, 2005 5:07 PM

Sounds exciting.

Posted by: oj at October 4, 2005 5:13 PM