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The Drake
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This season ending is a little too scripted, especially after the past two years.

2003 Aaron F. Boone stabs Sox in the heart
2004 Sox come roaring back from 3-0 deficit
2005 Sox-Yanks will decide the AL East in head-to-head games at the end of the season, with potential tiebreakers - including wildcard conflict with the Indians.

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aupton15
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But the thing that puts both of those teams in that position is their ability and willingness to pay ridiculous free agent contracts in the hopes of getting to the postseason. Sure the games they've played in the past few years have made for great drama, but both teams have gotten there by spending more than anybody else in their division, the American Leage, and all of baseball. They don't really need a conspiracy to help them along.
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Did you know the red sox actually cut salary from last year to this year? [Smile]

I think the yankees are doomed to a few more years of high high ridiculous spending, but the sox are getting closer to falling back to the back in spending, and still having a strong team, since their farm system is just on the verge of producing a whole mess of players. Youkilis, Pabelbon, Hansen, Lester, Sanchez, Martinez, Shoppach, Hanly Ramirez, Dustin Pedroia. Most of them should end up as productive major leaguers in the next couple years, which means a lot of money saved on free agents. Of course, the sox are big market, so will always have the ability to go out and get the missing peice through free agency.

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Well, they're both in it again. Unfortunately, my Phillies aren't. Ugh. I become a Cubs fan for a weekend, and they break my heart! At least Rollins still has his streak intact.
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Cleveland choked this last week, pure and simple.

On the plus side for cleveland fans, the tribe looks like they did 93/94, right before they became the best team in the american league for 5 years.

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Chicago played well today. And they lost. NEENER. [Smile]
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Everard,
Very true on the Indians. I don't think anyone really expected them to be in the hunt for a playoff spot this year, and there the were. Very impressive season. Should be a fun team to watch next year.

TGG,
Can you really be surrpised by the Cubbies choking? Really? It's a given that the will...that's what they do.

And my Braves keep the streak alive. Bobby Cox == manager of the year. No discussion necessary [Big Grin]

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I think they should go ahead and put Bobby Cox in the Hall of Fame now, 'cause he may not quit until he's dead. And by the way, if baseball were rigged Atlanta would definitely not keep going to the post-season. People in Atlanta don't even seem to notice, whereas people in Philly and New York throw a rather substantial fit when their teams keep losing (grundle [Smile] ).
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The Drake
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So, any guesses on how many times the broadcasters will use the word "Sox" in the Boston/Chicago series?

In my younger days, that would have been a good drinking game. Of course, we'd have to use Tivo to watch the end of the baseball game the following morning. [Big Grin]

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