In all the hubbub surrounding the Cardinals sneaking into the playoffs, I left out the rest of the final-day excitement that sealed the rest of the playoff picture. The Padres beat Arizona 7-6, clicnching the NL West over the Dodgers, who finished with the same record but settle for the Wild Card after losing the season series to San Diego. The Padres will destroy the Cardinals, while the Dodgers travel to New York to face the Mets, who will be without the shell of Pedro Martinez for the next eight months.
The AL picture is tragic and sad and therefore darkly hilarious. After utterly destroying the American League for the first half of the season and leading the AL Central THE ENTIRE SEASON, the Tigers gave up a 7-0 lead to the Royals before losing 10-8 in 12 innings, which, coupled with the Twins' 5-1 win over the White Sox, completed Los Tigres' late-season slide and gave the AL Central title to the Metrodome's tenants. Wow. The Tigers, instead of hosting the A's, must now travel to New York to face the Yankees. What a fucking kick in the balls. Amazing.
In non-playoff news, Frank Robinson had a tearful farewell as he lost his final game as the Nats' manager, while Mariners fans cried at hearing the news that idiot-stick Mike Hargrove will be back to transform at least a dozen wins into losses over the course of 2007. Fucking great. Bring the pain, baseball. Bring on Joe Buck.