For the first time since 2013, the Boston Red Sox have clinched the AL East division title. Although the Sox got dealt the loss after allowing five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Sox still technically clinched the division title in the bottom of the 9th when the Blue Jays lost to the Orioles, so screw you Yankees. We still the division champs.
Mookie Betts got the scoring going for the Sox with a double that brought two players home to make it 2-0 in the 8th inning. David Ortiz then scored on a passed ball to make it 3-0. The Red Sox relievers blew it by giving up five runs in the ninth, but it’s whatever. I can still sleep at night knowing we’re the division champs and not New York.
Although the bullpen blew it, Clay Buchholz pitched an incredible six innings, allowing zero runs and only one hit. In arguably his best game of the season, he only allowed two walks with six strikeouts during his time on the mound.
Bring out the champagne bottles baby; the Sox are going to the ship. Winning 11 out of their past 13 games, the Sox absolutely tore it up at the best time possible. These remaining games were all division matchups, so each game really mattered. The Sox got hot at the right time, and I hope to God they stay hot going into the playoffs. The hitting is phenomenal; the pitching has been outstanding as well. The Red Sox are one of the hottest teams in baseball. The champagne bottles are extra cold tonight after having to sit on ice for one extra night after the Yankees spoiled our win streak. It’s quite alright, though.
That would be hilarious if the Yankees hit a walk-off grand slam and then the Red Sox started popping bottles.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) September 29, 2016
Cue the duck boats baby. The Sox are winning the ship in Big Papi’s final season. You can’t write a better story for the Sox than this. Imagine the Large Father himself holding up the World Series trophy and drinking from large, gold champagne bottles for the fourth and final time? I already got goosebumps thinking about it.
I got to cool it down a bit. I’m way too excited. You have to understand the Red Sox went from easily missing the postseason to clinching the division. I’m too happy even though they blew a 3-0 lead. I know the Red Sox still have a lot of work to do if they want to give Papi his fourth and final ring. The pitching needs to stay hot, that is what’s most important. The hitting should stay hot, as they have all year. David Price needs to stay hot especially. I know he’s had his troubles in the postseason throughout his career, but he’s never struggled in the postseason as a member of the Red Sox. See what I did there? Porcello needs to keep pitching like the CY Young HE SHOULD BE. Clay Buchholz has started to turn it around recently, so let’s hope it stays that way. If the pitching holds up, Benny Baseball, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, and Big Papi will take care of the rest.
And since I’m here I’m going to plug in Mookie Betts for AL MVP and Rick Porcello for AL CY Young. It’s gotta happen. #WinDanceRepeat