Time, this morning, for the Blob to steal one of its own features, In So Many Words, to share a few thoughts on one of the more amazing nights of baseball in the Blob's lifetime:
1. Somewhere last night, Bud Selig turned off his TV, shook his bony fist in the general direction of NFL headquarters and screamed, "Take that, Goodell!"
2. One game (Rays-Yankees) went 12 innings, was extended by a ninth-inning homer from a pinch-hitter batting .108 (Dan Johnson), and ended on a walk-off home run by Evan Longoria. One game (Orioles-Red Sox) was decided in the ninth inning on a two-out, walk-off base hit. One game (Braves-Phillies) went 13 innings, and one game (Cardinals-Astros) was decided via a two-hit shutout.
Yeah, right. Like that could really happen.
3. Conspiracy Theory of the Night: That the Yankees built a 7-0 lead on the Rays and then deliberately went in the tank just to make it even more painful for the Red Sox. OK, so maybe not.
4. Stat of the Night: Until last night, Boston was 76-0 this season when taking a lead into the bottom of the ninth.
5. Stat of the Night, Part Deux: Until last night, the Yankees hadn't blown so large a lead so late in a game (they led 7-0 in the eighth) since 1953.
6. Carl Crawford. Now that guy was worth the money.
7. Somewhere in Boston today, they're saying this: "Dan Johnson?! Who the (bleep) is Dan Johnson?!"
8. Consolation Thought for Red Sox/Braves Fans: At least your teams have won some World Series and made it to the playoffs almost every year for the last 20 years. Try rooting for a team (the Pirates) that hasn't had a winning season in the last 20 years.
9. Consolation Thought for Red Sox/Braves Fans, Part Deux: At least you didn't choke alone. You'll always have each other.