What a great start to the major league baseball playoffs.
The New York Yankees ventured into Fenway Park for the American League wild card showdown against their archrival Boston Red Sox, Oct. 5. I was rooting for the Yankees but they lost 6-2 as the Red Sox advanced to the division series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston took control from the outset on Xander Bogarerts’ two-run homer against Yankees starter Gerrit Cole in the first inning. Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi outdueled Cole and took a shutout into the sixth.
It was a frustrating ending for the Yankees. After 162 regular season games, they lost to their longtime nemesis in an elimination game.
I did take solace that two former Chicago Cubs, New York’s Anthony Rizzo and Boston’s Kyle Schwarber, batted leadoff and homered for their respective teams. I’m still a Cubs fan even after Chicago’s nightmarish season.
The Atlanta Braves are my team for the postseason. Maybe the Cubs will be there next year.