Well another baseball season has come and gone and allow me to start out by saying that I am in no way comparing the Marlins season to any other teams season this year. So for you non-Marlins fans reading this don’t act all upset and compare your team’s success, or lack of success, this year to the Marlins. I am well aware that the Marlins sucked this year and I am not interested in getting into a pissing contest with fans of other teams who are having a hard time accepting reality. It’s been over a week and you should be well over it by now so quit your bitchin.
The point of this particular rant is to call out what was the most epic collapses of two teams that I have ever seen since the inception of the Wild Card.
I say since the Wild Card because back in 1993 there was a 10 game difference between the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves in the National League West division and it came down to the very end when the Braves went to the playoffs with 104 wins while the Giants only had 103 wins. That was something all of Atlanta could be proud of and this is also one of the main reasons the Wild Card was instituted in the first place; thank Yoda for that, because the Marlins would have never won either World Series without the Wild Card.
Epic Failure #1: The Atlanta Braves: I know the people of Atlanta have become very accustomed to their professional sports teams (YES, I’m looking at YOU Falcons, Hawks, and lets not forget the now re-located Thrashers) choking in the playoffs, but this would be the first time that I can remember that any of the local teams choked right BEFORE the playoffs. I’m sorry, but there is no excuse for having an 8 1/2 game lead in the Wild Card at the beginning of September only to lose it on the final regular season game.
I’m just going to leave this here:
Epic Failure #2: The Boston Red Sox: This one hurts me on a very personal level because I have lots of family in Boston and because I actually like the Red Sox a lot but I cannot help but point out that with a 9 game lead in the Wild Card going into the month of September and a lineup as potent as they have there is NO excuse for missing the playoffs by one game, and decided also on the last game of the regular season.
Here is your reward:
That all being said I have seen some of the best baseball ever played during the last weeks of this season, and even into the playoffs with three of the Division Series going to the pinnacle game 5. I just hope to see the Marlins on the positive end of some good baseball next year.