Thanks to Eric Patterson’s game-winning single in the nightcap of Boston’s day-night doubleheader with the Yankees, the Rays and Yankees are tied for first after 161 games. What else did you expect?
Looking back, the Rays consecutive wins to close their regular season appearance at replica-Yankee Stadium on September 22 and September 23 set up one of those rare baseball moments today. The Rays can hang a banner with a win on the season’s final day because, thanks to those two wins, they hold the tiebreaker in the AL East.
So, Rays win and they are the AL East Champions for the second time in three years, and Kansas City has all winter to clean up the visitor’s clubhouse.
Also, a Rays win (or a Rays loss and a Yankees loss) means it will be party time at the St. Pete-Clearwater Airport. If the Rays lose and the Yankees win, the Rays will fly directly to Minnesota tonight. So. I will see you all at the airport.