Well, that’s a wrap! That, my friends, is officially a wrap. The 2013 regular baseball season is now over. That’s it. We finish with a record of ninety-seven and sixty-five. That’s good for a winning percentage of .599, which is the best in the American League and tied with the Cards for the best in the Majors.
Look at how far we’ve come. New manager, new players, new team. And new record. Better record. Look at how far we’ve come. Look at all the changes we’ve made and the transitions we’ve gone through. And we made it on the other side. Not to say I told you so, but I knew good things were in store for us from the very beginning. And in this particular case I’m so psyched I’m right.
We ended the season, unfortunately, with a loss. But the pitching staff got some last-minute work in while Lackey got the day off, which is good. Webster pitched three shutout innings to start us off. Doubront took over in the fourth but got into trouble in the fifth. He gave up two singles followed by a strikeout and a walk to load the bases. A double, a single, a walk, and a single ended up scoring five runs.
Then it was De La Rosa’s turn. He ended the inning and gave up a single in the sixth. Dempster took over and gave up a double, a wild pitch that scored a run, and a groundout. Dempster came on and, while ending the inning, also gave up an RBI double. Breslow pitched the seventh, and Uehara pitched the eighth.
The game started very nicely with a solo shot on the fourth pitch, courtesy of Ellsbury. It was his third cutter of the at-bat, and all four pitches were about the same speed. But he hit this one beyond the fence in right center field. And he looked comfortable doing it, too. It’s his third leadoff shot this year and tenth of his career, which is a new club record!
After Bogaerts struck out, Papi singled and then scored on a groundout by Carp. With one out in the second, John McDonald singled, and Quintin Berry went yard on a changeup to right. So the pitchers were taking this opportunity to get their work in, and so was the bench. Which, as we all know, is very important. Salty singled and scored on a single by Ellsbury in the fourth. And Papi singled and scored on a single by Napoli in the ninth.
So we lost, 7-6. But that’s so opposite of everything we’ve accomplished this year. I’m so proud of us. Now, this moment is really all about us. But I want to say one thing. The New York Yankees will be missing the playoffs this year. Wow. Life is good.
Okay. So. The whole team gets the day off on Monday, when the Rays and Rangers play for the final Wild Card spot. Whoever wins will play Cleveland. Then the division series will start on Friday. The first two games will be at home, followed by a day off, then two games away, and then the last game would be back at home.
Oh, man, it’s good to be back. Let’s get this done.
In other news, the Pats bested the Falcons, 30-23.