Originally posted on Surviving Grady  |  Last updated 9/24/13
If the Red Sox are lucky enough to make it to the 2013 World Series, they will, thanks to the magic of the All-Star Game, enjoy home field advantage. The ALDS will be a different story, as the Oakland A’s are currently nipping at our heels — or, at just one game behind us for the AL’s best record, already stuffing a foot in our cleats. Also, the A’s have only the Angels and Mariners to contend with over the last week of the season, where we’ll have to tackle Baltimore, a team that seems to live for taking our lunch money and kicking us square in the jimmy. The bottom line is, with the A’s playing like a team possessed, landing the best record will be a challenge for us. But just how important is home field advantage? The last time the Red Sox made the postseason, in 2009, we did not have home field advantage. That year, we were ousted in three straight games of the ALDS versus Anaheim. In 2008, the Sox didn’t have home field advantage. We won the ALDS in four games, but dropped th...
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