The Red Sox ended their 2010 season with a win over New York, 8-4. The win gives the Tampa Bay Rays the AL Eastern Division title, and relegates New York to the Wild Card, and a tougher route in the postseason.
They also split the season series with their archrivals, 9-9, for the third straight year.
It's always nice to beat the Yankees, no matter what the standings may say.
Jason Varitek caught today's game, and in a really classy move, was taken out of the game in the top of the 9th before the first pitch was thrown, and received a tremendous ovation. Nice job by everyone involved, especially Terry Francona, who continues to be one of the classiest managers in the game.
The Sox finish 89-73. Considering the personnel who finished (and didn't finish) this season, it's a miracle the Red Sox were even that close to 90 wins. And I love the fact that the Red Sox kept fighting hard, all the way to the final out of the season. Speaks volumes about what a terrific job Tito did under all the adversity.
I'll have more on the wrap-up of the season later on. It's always a sad day when the season is finally finished. I always think of Bart Giamatti's wonderful short story "The Green Fields of the Mind" about when baseball finishes, on this day.
On my countdown clock, I now have the countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting. I hear that the first voluntary reporting date is February 13th, so that would make it 133 days and counting.
That, and Truck Day, are only 4 1/2 months away.