Maybe I should rephrase the title “Did ANYTHING happen the way I wanted it to this weekend?”
I made a wish list for the weekend… let’s see how awfully it turned out.
RED SOX vs. WHITE SOX
I wanted the Sox to sweep. They did. Unfortunately it was the WHITE Sox who did the sweeping. The Red Sox season is basically done… but the White Sox are rampaging.
YANKEES vs. BLUE JAYS
I wanted the Jays to sweep. They lost 2 of 3… but showed that there are cracks in the Yankees armor in terms of their starting pitching.
METS vs. CUBS
I wanted to see the Mets take 2 of 3 and R. A. Dickey to pick up a win. The Cubs took the first two before being thrashed today. Dickey got the loss on Friday.
ORIOLES vs. RAYS
Wanted an Orioles sweep. The Rays took the first game but lost the next two. Not that it helped the Red Sox in the standings any!
PHILLIES vs. BREWERS
I wanted the Brewers to take 2 of 3 but Halladay to take the win on Saturday. Hamels finally got a close win, Halladay won his 17th on Saturday but the Brewers avoided a sweep today.
PIRATES vs. NATIONALS
The fans at this series never have to prove their loyalty to their team in any other way. I wanted the Pirates to take 2 of 3. Naturally the Nats did.
BRAVES vs. MARLINS
I’ve never been a fan of the Bobby Cox Braves, so I wanted a Florida sweep to knock them out of their perch, to use a fish term. The Marlins took 2 of 3 including a thriller today.
RANGERS vs. TWINS
No offense to Minnesota, but I wanted the Rangers to sweep so Chicago could keep pace. It was the Twins who swept and kept pace with the surging White Sox. And oh yeah, one of the games ended on a crazy ticky tack interference call.
TIGERS vs. ROYALS
I wanted a Zack Greinke win. The bullpen blew a lead for him. I wanted an Armando Gallaraga win. He got a no decision. I also wanted a 28 inning game. I got an 11 inning one. Close enough.
CARDINALS vs. REDS
I wanted the Cardinals to take 2 of 3. They did. But I was hoping Wainwright’s 18th victory would come this weekend, which it didn’t.
ASTROS vs. DIAMONDBACKS
I didn’t care about this series so basically I wanted three winners. Specifically I wanted 30 inning games, but I would settle for thrillers. I got three one run victories, including a wild comeback from Houston on Saturday as they took 2 of 3.
ANGELS vs. A’S
I still don’t like the Angels and I hoped for an Oakland sweep. I got 2 of 3 for the A’s. Both Cahill and Santana got wins to keep padding their win total.
INDIANS vs. MARINERS
I wanted them to go back in time to 1995 when they were both contenders. I also wanted Felix Hernandez to get a win. They stayed in 2010 but King Felix did indeed get a “W.”
ROCKIES vs. PADRES
I spent the weekend in San Diego. It’s a lovely city and the Padre fans have been wonderful. But I am rooting for the Giants to win it all if the Red Sox can’t. I wanted a Rockies sweep. That’s exactly what I got.
GIANTS vs. DODGERS
I hoped the Giants could inch closer to a playoff spot by sweeping L.A. While it wasn’t a sweep, Juan Uribe is etching his name into the history book of late season Giants heroics as he powered San Francisco to two wins in three games.
So all in all, I didn’t get a lot of what I wanted…
The Red Sox season appears to be over.
However, my dad (and my son Aidan) should be thrilled to see the Giants climbing back into the thick of things.
So as long as my family is happy… I’m happy.