The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles battled for the Wild Card spot in the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers. It was a one and done game and stakes were very high for both teams. I glanced at the game and saw an early lead by the Blue Jays, who could have been the Division champions had they not choked toward the end of August into September. Quite frankly, I was rooting for the team who I thought had the best chance of beating the Red Sox. Unfortunately, that team did not advance to the ALDS.
As reported by USA Today in the overnight, “Edwin Encarnacion’s walk-off three-run home run off Ubaldo Jimenez sent a boisterous – and at one point, bad-behaving crowd – into a frenzy and the Blue Jays on to Texas for an ALDS rematch with the Rangers. Game 1 of the ALDS is Thursday in Arlington.” The bad behavior the article eludes to is a fan’s launch of a full can of beer at Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim narrowly missing him while he fielded a fly ball in the eighth inning. Manager Buck Showalter stepped out of the dugout to check on his players, including Adam Jones who was clearly shaken up by the incident.
Well, as I always say, Too Bad So Sad! The Orioles go home for a long winter’s nap and the Blue Jays head to Texas. Next up, Wild Card #2, Mets vs. Giants. May the best team win from San Fransisco.
–Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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