Just three weeks ago I said to anyone who would listen, “the end of this baseball season is boring.” You said it too. Admit it. There were no compelling playoff races, save for the AL West. And it wasn’t long before that division got boring, too.

Pundits pointed to the lack of drama in the AL East and argued that baseball needed to add another wild card team. Because, god forbid the Red Sox and Yankees weren’t trying to kill each other in September.

But now look! There’s drama in the NL, where the Cardinals are only 2 games behind the Braves in the wild card race. There’s suspense in the AL, where the Rays are only 1.5 games behind the Red Sox. Moreover, the Yankees and Red Sox are playing meaningful baseball this weekend! OK, so the Yankees don’t actually have anything to lose. No matter. The Bombers are giving it all they’ve got. Over the course of two days and three games, they’ve got the chance to crush the hopes of Red Sox players and fans. And they’re loving it! And so am I. Not just Boston’s classic choke job (though after the most recent ESPN The Mag cover story, I’m a little more inclined to see Boston suffer). But also — baseball! It’s back! Who says MLB needs another wild card team? Not me.

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