Let's face it: In a game between two great teams, where both teams put forth a great starting pitcher, the chance for either of those teams to win is near-perfectly equal. There is, quite in fact, a 50 percent chance the Rays 2013 season ends today. How would that make you feel (other than sad)?
There was a cold start, a hot midpoint, a cold and hot September. There was Jeff Niemann, gone before it began; Robert Hernandez never aspiring to what his K/BB distribution suggested; James Loney hitting like an All-Star for half a season, then a Quad-A second baseman for another half. There was Hak-Ju Lee and Brandon Guyer; there were weeks and weeks of watching Wil Myers in Triple-A. There was the Yankees, leading the division; the Red Sox, leading the division; the Rays, leading the division -- and now this. This coin flip.
If it ended this morning, if the season woke up today, but woke up dead -- no game tonight, no more post season, would you be happy? Would you be satisfied with this moment?