Tied for the best record in baseball the American League. Coming off a ninth-inning win in Los Angeles.
Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.
Yu Darvish took us on one of the great three-hour rides of our lives tonight, a ride that took us right to the verge of baseball ecstacy and, unbelievably, almost cruelly, careened off the tracks in an instant. A cut fastball hurled towards the 27th hitter of the night caught too much of the plate, the resulting liner could be stopped by neither limb nor glove, and his moment of baseball immortality was lost.
And yet, tomorrow morning, after the incredulity and frustration and anger fades just a bit (and if not tomorrow, eventually), we're going to wake up and realize that we witnessed, from start to finish, one of the best-pitched games that any of us have ever seen.
If you can bring yourself to view the night's events from that perspective, history wasn't lost tonight. Hearts may have been broken, but memories we'll carry with us always were forged on a night where Yu Darvish further established himself as a player on top of which championship dreams are built ... on a night where the Astros became the first, but not the last, team of 2013 to learn that their arms are just too short to box with God.
Or hit His pitches.