As the dust settles after a wild final day of the 2011 baseball season, let's take a moment to congratulate the real winners... the Baltimore Orioles. Consider, as the Red Sox were free-falling to 7-20 in September, last-place Baltimore went 15-13, beating the Rays three times, the Yankees twice, and the Red Sox five (!) times, including two of three in the last week (not to mention taking two games each from the Tigers and Angels). And then, last night, with everything on the line for the Sox and seemingly nothing for themselves--and not to mention Camden Yards full of screaming Sox fans... Down by one run in the bottom of the ninth, two outs, the Birds came up with three straight hits off Jonathan Papelbon to win it.
So here's to Baltimore, where, as Randy Newman sang, "It's hard, just to live." And to baseball. Now, what the fuck do I do?