Over the last few days, while the Red Sox and Rays battled in Tampa, Yankee fans grappled with an interesting dilemma. With the Yankees tied for first place with Tampa and with Boston attempting to make it a 3 team race for two playoff spots, fans of the Bombers were unsure of who to root for. Most of the opinions that I heard on the matter fell into one of three camps:
Rooting for the Rays: Those rooting for the Rays felt that although the Rays were much closer to the Yankees in the standings, the Red Sox posed a more dire threat. Falling behind the Rays would cost the Yankees a home playoff game or two, while falling behind Boston would likely mean that the Yankees miss the playoffs. Additionally, many found it impossible to root for the hated Red Sox, while few felt as strongly about the Rays.
Rooting for the Red Sox: Those hoping for a series victory from Boston felt that Boston was buried enough in the standings to make the Rays the more relevant “opponent.” The Yankees are tied with the Rays and have a more difficult schedule going forward, so these folks wanted the Red Sox to help the Yankees take the division.
Rooting for 20 inning games: The last group could not find it within them to root for either club, and instead wanted long games that took a lot out of both teams. The outcome was irrelevant as long as both teams were decimated by fatigue.
I found myself in the first group, as I worried first about getting into the playoffs. We can deal with Tampa in September.
What was your take on the Tampa-Boston series?