Assuming the Yankee fans in the audience have had time to uncurl themselves from the fetal position and drag themselves up off the floor... there now, deep breaths. Time to start constructing wild, vivid fantasies in which Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, and Ian Kennedy all finish in the top three for the 2008 Cy Young.
This week New Yorkers get to choose which Yankee or Yankees they're going to blame for the latest debacle, and it can be a revealing choice, sort of like picking out a jacket or a new car. How does this "fire Torre" suit you? Perennial favorite "A-Rod choked again" might go well with your look. Or is the practical, no-nonsense "it's all on Wang" a better match for the image you'd like to project? Perhaps you'd like to try our new, cutting-edge "Jeter killed them" model...
Personally, I really want to stand out from the crowd this year, so I'm planning to pick someone completely arbitrary. Thoughts? Right now I'm leaning towards declaring everything to be Jose Molina's fault. Never trust a Molina brother, I always say.
These are always an awkward few weeks, but soon it'll be time to obsess over the free-agent market and get excited about next year's team. I always enjoy the off-season, because even the angriest, hardest-to-please fans tend to get a little giddy with optimism of the "Hey, this Igawa guy has excellent numbers in Japan" variety. Hope springs eternal.
Thanks for reading and commenting, everybody, it's been fun. Enjoy the rest of the playoffs if you can. And stay safe out there: if you're planning to listen to a lot of Chip Caray over the next few weeks, don't forget to assign a designated driver in advance.