Hot Clicks: Larisa Fraser; Red Sox collapse, Rays win wild card
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In yesterday's A.M. Hot Clicks, I used the headline "This Is What Baseball Is All About" for an item about a walkoff grand slam. I should've saved that headline for today because unless you are a Red Sox or Braves fans, last night was one of the best in the history of the sport. Before we get into the specifics of the evening, I need to make one point that I threw out on Twitter last night. Major League Baseball usually gets things wrong. But it couldn't have gotten things more right this year. The regular season has always ended on a Sunday while the NFL was in action. This year, Bud Selig moved the end of the season to Wednesday night. As a result, we were all able to watch the craziness that unfolded last night without distraction. Imagine if all that magic last night would've happened during an NFL Sunday? The majority of us would've missed parts of it or all it. Note to Bud: Always keep the end of the regular season on a weeknight.
Lastly, I've also had fun on Twitter rooting for the Rays and against the Red Sox, which has caused tons of people to ask why I'd rather the Yankees face a hot Rays team with good pitching over a depleted Red Sox team in the playoffs. Here's my honest take: 1) I didn't think the Yankees would beat either Detroit or Texas in the first round. New York just doesn't have enough starting pitching. So from that standpoint, I just wanted the Sox out since, you know, they're our rivals. The other reason is this: There would be nothing worse as a Yankees fan than to lose to Boston in the ALCS, especially this Red Sox team that crumbled in September. I just couldn't take a chance on that happening.