Boston Red Sox And Atlanta Braves Complete Historic Collapses

If you weren’t watching ESPN this evening you missed some serious baseball drama. The Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves both managed to historically squander large September 1st wild card leads (9 and 8 1/2 games respectively), loose their final games, and then watch their dogged pursuers (Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals) win their final games and take the last two wild card spots.

The sequence of the Red Sox blowing a 3-2 lead to the Baltimore Orioles and nearly simultaneously having the Rays cap a extra inning comeback in a game they were down 7-0 to the New York Yankees was really the best baseball has to offer in terms of drama.

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  • jim_m

    Frankly I thought I had gotten away from pathetic, choking baseball teams when I left Chicago.  Great finish.  I suppose if the Red Sox had to lose they at least did it in historic fashion.

  • I think the worst collapse ever was the 1964 Phillies.  They had a great team and something like an 8-game lead with 20 games to go, and managed to blow it so bad that not only did the Cardinals pass them for the pennant (no divisional playoffs in those days), but the Reds also tied them for second.

    This was pathetic enough, though.  Chipper Jones’ last at bat for the Braves might have been a leadoff strikeout in the final frame.

  • Anonymous

    Better to have choked then never to have achieved at all. 

    Right Mr. ‘I won!”

  • Anonymous

    As a die hard Mets fan (7 up with 10 to play), it’s good to see a couple of other teams choke as well.

    • Come to think of it, that may have been the biggest choke per dollar of payroll ever.

  • Anonymous

    13 freaking inning…all they had to do is score 1 dang run.
    Atlanta GAVE away the final 10 games they played.
    They really have slid off the cliff since the 90’s.

    I guess I should add that the only reason I was watching was to see if they would loose their chance at making the playoff’s. Seems that even when they do it’s over in 3 games of late. Their heyday’s back in the 90’s they had a pitching staff and player’s that could hit. Meh…

  • Anonymous

    After Bucky Dent and Bill Buckner, nothing fazes me.

  • Okay, I had “the Braves won’t make the playoffs” in the local pool here SW of Atlanta, so what’s my prize?

    Um, thanks neighbors but my truck really didn’t need to be repainted. With spray paint. In 14 colors.

    • Anonymous

      Are you sure that isn’t 14 colors of mayonnaise?

  • Coming the night after ESPN shows “Catching Hell,” a documentary about Steve Bartman and the famous Cubs implosion, it just seemed obvious (in a serendipity way) that both teams would fail…