Back in 2002 when the Giants blew Game 6 of the World Series, there was no doubt - none whatsoever - that they were going to lose Game 7. That might make me a bad fan, but the way I look at it, I was just being realistic - after an epic meltdown like that, there was just no way that the team - any team - could come back and be competitive less than 24 hours later.
And that's how I feel about the Tampa Bay Rays. What they did was worse than what the Giants did - blowing a 7-0 lead with the championship (admittedly, just American League, as opposed to World Series) in their grasp. After tonight's listless performance, I really don't see any way that they can come back and win in Game 7. Part of me wants to be wrong, because I hate to see any team (well, maybe a few, who shall remain nameless) have to deal with the agony of defeat in such crushing fashion. But imagine how the players on the respective teams are feeling tonight. On the one hand, you have the Red Sox - who have extended their incredible record in elimination games, and will come to the park tomorrow believing they will win - that is is their destiny. And you have the Tampa Bay Rays, who are probably still waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about what could have transpired differently in Game 5 - much less thinking about Game 6.
Sure, anything could happen. But were I a betting man, my money tonight would be squarely on the Sox.