To quote the great Jack Buck, which I can because I watched Kirk Gibson hit the game winning home run in 1988, today was a baseball miracle. The most complicated season finale in MLB history ended tonight with two teams that one month ago were so improbable to go to the playoffs doing just that. Fully eight games played on the last day of the season had playoff implications, from seeding to wild card to home field advantage. The Saint Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay "Devil" Rays took the last month by storm and ended up eking out the last two spots in the post season.
Boston and Tampa Bay were tied up to tonight and should they both win or lose, today would be the tie breaker in the AL. What?! Yes, it is true! And on top of that, the Braves and the Cardinals were in the same spot. Today would have been a day of one-game playoffs to decide the final seeds in both leagues. But, the Baltimore Orioles handed Boston a ninth-inning loss and celebrated as if they had just won a pennant. I think there was a little bit of what-for being handed out there. The O’s have been a cellar team for so long, their role as spoiler must have been ecstatic, judging from the party on the field. And what a way to do it! A trapped single to left field in the bottom of the ninth with one on and the game tied. Thank you Orioles! 4-3 over the Sox.
Boston now had to wait to see what the hell was going on in Tampa Bay, where the game had gone into extra innings. In the eighth inning, the Rays are down 7-0 against the Yankees, but ended up scoring 6 runs, 3 of them on a home run by Evan Longoria. Then to the ninth, and Dan Johnson’s home run to right field, game tied at 7 all. Three innings later, still tied at 7 and Longoria back at the plate with one out. Line drive homer to left field, just clearing the fence and the party was on in Tampa Bay. Boston is done for the year and Tampa is in the playoffs.
What? you ask. What about the NL? Let us see! Being tied on the season record, the Braves or the Cards had to win and the other team lose to clinch the NL wild card, or should both lose or win, the playoff game would be today. We had to do that here in Seattle in 1995 against the Angels. We played in Anaheim and won. Today was not the same for the NL. The Cards slayed the Houstons with relative ease, 8-0. But like the Boston, they had to wait to see what the hell was going on in Atlanta, where the game had gone to extra innings. The Braves had led 3-2 into the ninth where some last minute heroics by the Phils tied the game with a sac fly. Onto the extras! In the 13th inning, Hunter Pence dropped a blooper into right field to send the Braves "back to the res" and the Cards back to the playoffs.
Big props to my cousins, Karen and Ross Peeler in Missouri on the win. I have just recently been in touch with them after some 30 years.
And on another family note, my half brother Michael and half sister Kelly were finally made aware of my and my brother John’s existence after 26 years. My father broke down and told them that he had "another family" from "back in the 60′s." Kelly Edgar is coming to Seattle to visit me and we are then heading to L.A. to meet the Topanga family. Michael is working at Google and doesn’t get a day off for eight years. Eventually, we will hook up, I hope.
As to all the requests about Rapture-Bot, I can only say this… when it was brought to my attention that I was not raptured, but merely living in upstate New York, I did not have the heart to tell R-B that his existence was fraudulent. So, I sent him a "Wake-on-Lan" signal that he interpreted as a calling from the Chief Programmer and immediately deconstructed himself and went into a vast exception error loop from which he never recovered. But to him, it is sort of a nirvana. I will eventually kill his process and regain the memory he is using up. I loved that sub-routine, but he was a bit of a prick at times.
By the way, the Catskill mountains are incredible. I RV’d there for a month or so, also spending time in Copake and Hudson, NY. Nothing but deer and woodchucks and raccoons. And hillbillies.
Strabo and his wife and I are going to be working on a redesign of the MCHY site very soon. I am already gearing it toward Facebook and Google+ functionality. I know, I am way behind the times on this stuff. But there will be more content than just the cats and my ramblings.
I just posted some new cats and the captions are mostly user-driven, and there will be more of that in the near future. I am working on other projects and need as much help as I can get with the captioning. I have a few hundred more cats to get up and YOU can help! Go to the forums, sign up, and keep an eye out for announcements. Or just chit chat with the rest of us crazy cat folks