Prophesying the infamous American League East has never been as hard as it is now.
The dominant days when the division belonged to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are long gone.
The Yankees did not take it to well, and the Bronx Bombers won the World Series the following season putting the Rays back in their place.
But the big celebration was not in the Bronx it was up in Beantown, as the Red Sox clubhouse was turning into one big keg party.
The Rays were not going to be pushed around as in 2010 they won the AL East, while the Yankees slid in as the AL Wild Card.
In 2011 the two swapped postseason spots, while the Orioles remained in the basement; the Blue Jays were whatever; and the Red Sox sang about loving beer.
And finally there was last season when nothing changed at the top, as the Yankees took the division but not easily.
Rumor has it that the Orioles played Dirty Dancing on repeat in their clubhouse all season, and came out screaming that nobody puts baby in the corner.
In 2012 the Orioles finally brought baseball back to Baltimore. The missing fan base materialized back to Camden Yard, and willed the O’s into the postseason.
In the end the O’s couldn’t overtake the mighty Yankees in the ALDS but it did come down to the wire.
The Rays didn’t play baseball last October but they did win 90 games in the regular season, so they did not lose their legit status.
Red Sox fell off the wagon, literally and the Blue Jays continued their streak of being whatever.
Getting back to now, the 2013 MLB Season is about two weeks away. And everyone is wondering what will happen in ‘the nut house,’ aka the AL East.
God only knows but you can look for my outlook in the next post.