Yankee fans have the luxury of kicking back this afternoon and enjoying the final game of the season. Sure, there are still things at stake, but it isn't the do-or-die scenerio that it could well have been. If the Yankees win, they'll most likely host the Angels Tuesday. If they lose and the Angels win, the ALDS will begin in Anahiem. The Red Sox are a pretty good bet to make the playoffs themselves. If the Indians lose, the Sox are in. If the Sox win, they are in. Should Boston lose and Cleveland win, the two teams would meet at Fenway Park tomorrow in a one-game playoff (I think that both the Indians and the Sox will win today and that'll be that).
Jaret Wright will start against Curt Schilling today, and several Yankee starters will get some rest (I'm thinking that Sheff and Giambi will not play, but would be surprised not to see Jeter, Posada, Rodriguez and Matsui out there). Anyhow, let's just hope that nobody gets hurt, and that a couple of guys can pad their stats a 'lil bit.
The Bronx Bombers are headed to the playoffs again. Four months ago I wasn't so sure that'd happen. Today is a good time to take pause and appreciate just how hard the players worked to earn this playoff berth, and for us to really take in how fortunate we've been to root for such a special team since Joe Torre became the manager in 1996.