Hey Yanks--objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.
Storms are ripping across the eastern seaboard this weekend. Last night the strangest lightning I've ever witnessed woke me out of a sound sleep--it was fast and relentless, like a strobe light outside the window. The thunder was similar--it didn't crack or break the way thunder normally does, in separate claps, but rolled and grumbled steadily throughout the night, and today.
The rain has let up a tiny bit right now, and there's no lightning at all, but throughout the game as the Sox cavorted in the sun in Chicago, thunder was the incongruous backdrop for me. It was a real novelty when the thunder was timed perfectly--one Gabe Kapler hit was accompanied by an ominous rumble; the Kapler / Bellhorn collision (in case you missed this, look up "retarded play" in the sports dictionary and you might find it) drew a mighty crack from the sky. Throughout the game, the local FOX affiliates scrolled severe storm warnings across the screen.
Strange how our boys were bathed in sunlight today while the Yankees, being smacked down by Vlad and Co. at the Stadium, found rain from their gloomy skies a mercy.
You could say that it's another stroke of dumb, blind Yankee luck that as they were slipping to an AL contender, the skies opened up. But how is it less lucky that the Red Sox happened to be away from the East Coast today? The Yankees may have come back had they had the opportunity to resume play. The Red Sox definitely won. I'd count us lucky, too.
I may have also upgraded my seat on the bandwagon. If the Yankees resume and lose, we will be just 6.5 back in the standings. If they don't play, we are at an even 7 back. We have won five of our last six games. We just may put together back-to-back sweeps of the Blue Jays and White Sox, and even if we don't, we've won three of our last four series.
Granted, we have a soft schedule for August, and the Yankees have a more difficult one. The Sox and the Yankees will switch strength of schedule in September. But I'm officially changing my ambitions following the way the Sox have been playing in the last two weeks. I now believe they have a shot at the division--and even if they don't win it, getting closer will obviously make them a lock for the Wild Card. It helps that Texas, Oakland and Anaheim will be eating one another alive this month (not to mention stopping by to smack down the Yankees).
I can hear the laughter from the Bronx from here. I'm sure certain MFY apologists will be stopping by to remind me of their superiority complex once I post this entry. But I say, why not? What do we have left to lose? If we don't make the playoffs or don't win the division, how is that different from any other year? So why not believe?
No matter what the outcome, the next few months in baseball come with a storm warning of their own.