I got to say that speaking as a Yankee fan last night's loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was bittersweet. Therein lies the paradox: It shouldn't be bittersweet it should just be bitter! The Yankees managed to blow a 7-0 eighth inning lead to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
However the rub is that the loss enabled the Rays to claim the AL wild card from the Boston Red Sox. Meanwhile the Yanks had already sewn up first place in the AL East and home filed advantage throughout the AL playoffs so nothing was on the line. True, some might argue that it is not exactly a momentum boost to go into the playoffs Friday on this note, but the Yanks had pulled all their starters by the time of the rally. Yes all things being equal I'd rather not ever see a Yankee team lose that way, but again it was with Triple AAA players and the bonus is it knocked the Sox out of the playoffs.
Who could have guessed that the Sox who had dominated the Yankees for most of the season beating them the first 9 games against and leading them for most of the season would collapse so totally they even missed the playoffs? The Sox were the favorites this year-similarly in football this year the Eagles are favorited over the Giants making this past Sunday's 29-16 upset of Philly especially satisfying(adding to it further is that the Gaints had lost 6 straight to them previously)-and to not only win the division over them but for them to even miss the playoffs is kind of cool I must admit.
Last night might be the first time a Yankee loss ever felt kind of good.