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The Red Sox Had a Lot Less Fun Clinching Than the Yankees Did

That doesn’t look like celebrating, Kevin.

For Yankee fans who believe in omens, there is plenty of good news in the stark contrast between how the bombers and their trans-Connecticut rivals nailed down their respective playoff spots.

The Yankees clinched the division in front of their home fans with a come-from-behind win to complete a sweep of Boston, part of a now seven-game win streak that includes the team’s fifteenth walk-off win of the season. The streak puts the Yankees at 102 wins on the season and 51–19 since the All-Star break — their best second half since the All-Star game began in 1933.

Meanwhile, in Beantown, the Red Sox clinched the wild card at about 1 a.m. this morning when the free-falling Texas Rangers lost a third straight to Anaheim. This, after the Red Sox failed to complete a comeback against the lackluster Blue Jays when Kevin Youkilis struck out looking with two on and two out while trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth — part of a now five-game losing streak that includes a scratched start due to back spasms by arguably the team’s best pitcher, Josh Beckett, and a blow-up by its resurgent young righty, Clay Buchholz. How does a team celebrate backing into the playoffs in perhaps the lamest way possible? Here’s the MLB account:

“Once the Red Sox lost, there was a bizarre feeling in the clubhouse. Some players packed up and went home, while others milled around and watched the Rangers-Angels game on television. Ortiz said he would go out to a local establishment and then return to Fenway if the Rangers gave him reason to celebrate. Rookie reliever Daniel Bard went to his apartment across the street to have a late-night dinner, but he was prepared to return and enjoy the clinching moment with his teammates.

By the time the Rangers lost, Lowell and left-fielder Jason Bay estimated that close to 90 percent of the players on Boston’s roster was on hand for the clubhouse celebration.”

Yeah! Close to 90 percent attendance!

The Red Sox Had a Lot Less Fun Clinching Than the Yankees Did