Wow! What a finish for baseball fans! The season came down to the last day. The Tigers had to win and the Texas Rangers had to lose. If that happened the two teams would finish in a tie and the Tigers, because they had the best record against Texas, would get home field advantage for the playoffs. The Tigers won! But, Texas won, so the advantage went to Texas. One game made the difference out of 162 games that were played.
The Red Sox and Rays were tied going into the last game. If both won or if both lost, they would have to play a playoff game to decide who made the playoffs. The Rays won… Red Sox lost… so the Rays entered the playoffs.
The Braves and Cardinals were in the same situation. If both won or if both lost, they would have to play a playoff game to decide who made the playoffs. The Cardinals won… the Braves lost… so the Cardinals entered the playoffs.
An exciting finish to the 2011 baseball season! Exciting, unless you were the Red Sox or Braves. To them it was a disappointing season. No, it was a MAJOR disappointment. You see, as they entered the final month of play, September, both of them had huge leads over the other teams. Let me say that again, huge leads… HUGE LEADS… In fact, it was almost impossible for them not to win. The Red Sox had a 9 game lead over the Rays. That means they would have to lose 9 more times than the Rays to not make the playoffs with only like 25 or so games left. For a team as good as the Red Sox, that was not even a challenge. BUT, a winning situation became a losing proposition!
It happens in life… it happens a lot in life… winning situations become losing situations. Have you ever had something that was supposed to be good, turn into something bad? What is supposed to be good, can become bad. Just ask the Red Sox. They made history. They now hold the record of blowing the biggest September lead ever.