Tonight was important – and this date is now important as well. Thanks to the outcome of tonight’s game, the Yankees now control their own post-season eligibility destiny.
New York is now tied for first in the AL Wildcard standings (with the A’s and Indians) and 2.5 games ahead of the Twins. There are 39 games left to the season.
In a nutshell, all the Yankees have to do is play better baseball over those final 39 games than the A’s, Indians, and Twins – and they will be in the post-season. Will it be easy? No – not at all. But, now, the Yankees, assuming they win, and very often, only have to worry about what they do – and not what the other teams are doing. And, that’s good.
Having control over yourself and your fate is a very basic, yet extremely important, human need. That’s no longer an issue for this Yankees team. The control now is theirs – and it’s up to them to keep it.