The Great Satan has been vanquished - or at least one of the Great Satans of the postseason has been vanquished, perhaps even the Greatest Satan. Yes, the Red Sox have gone down in flames, having won exactly as many postseason games as did the Orioles: zero. They scrubbed out like the losers they are. The David Ortiz farewell tour was ruined. Good riddance.
Other evils remain. They will have to be defeated another day. Are the Indians up to the task of beating the Blue Jays? I'm skeptical - but then again, I wouldn't have given the Indians much chance to beat the Red Sox, let alone sweep the Red Sox. And the Dodgers will have to come back from a 2-1 deficit to dispatch Walgreens, otherwise it'll be left up to their NLCS opponent, which is not yet determined as of this writing, though it may be the Cubs by the time you read these words.
If the Giants won in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, after having seen Sergio Romo blow a save in the ninth inning - and that only after furiously rallying for three runs off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth - two baseball games will be played today. The Dodgers do battle with their pharmaceutical opponents at 5pm Eastern. The Cubs and Giants will play Game 4, if it's still necessary, beginning at 8:30pm. The Cubs lead, 2-1 (unless they won last night) but surely every Cubs fan is nervous after last night's closer meltdown (unless they won last night).
Enjoy the baseball while it lasts, friends, because soon it will all be gone and then we will have nothing but inferior sports until April rolls around again. Although maybe that's not a bad thing if it gives you time to clear out your DVR and your Netflix backlog. What is next on your list? I need to dig in to Luke Cage, because I'm a nerd.
Let's hit the links.
Around the blogO'sphere
Orioles offseason positional roundup: catcher - Baltimore Sun
You shouldn't buy into the narrative of, "The Orioles have an All-Star catcher at every minor league level, therefore their catching depth is good," a fact of which this article is well aware - though it seems to suggest the Orioles believe their own narrative.
Orioles' minor-league team in Bowie seeks stadium naming rights - Baltimore Sun
If you have really strong feelings about this issue, well, I am sorry.
105.7 The Fan Facebook Followers Select Orioles Ultimate Lineup " CBS Baltimore
You also shouldn't consult Facebook commenters for anything, let alone 105.7 Facebook commenters. But there are no Orioles games and there's nothing else to talk about, so what do you think of their list?
Can Mancini make the roster in 2017? - School of Roch
Yes. Should he? I don't know. Glad we had this talk.
Will O's fans continue to feel the love for Showalter? - Steve Melewski
I'm not saying that everyone who's turned on Buck Showalter is an idiot, but it definitely seems like a lot of idiots have turned on Showalter.
Boston Red Sox Prematurely End David Ortiz's Career By Getting Swept By Cleveland Indians (Deadspin)
(Jabba the Hutt laughter)
Tigers owner Mike Ilitch wanted to pay $200 million for Chris Davis but Al Avila stopped him - Bless You Boys
Our friends over at the Tigers blog, Bless You Boys, noticed this Jon Heyman rumor yesterday. I don't agree with their conclusion and may have some more thoughts on this topic in my own article later today.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today, including 2010 All-Star Ty Wigginton, the Otter, Gregg Olson, 1968 short-timer Mike Fiore, and 1956-60 catcher, the late Joe Ginsberg.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: YMCA founder George Williams (1821), H. J. Heinz Company founder Henry J. Heinz (1844), longest-tenured first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884), Cracker Barrel founder Dan Evins (1935), Mystery Science Theater 3000's Mike Nelson (1964), Bones actress Emily Deschanel (1976), and golfer Michelle Wie (1989).
On this day in history...
In 1767, the surveying for the Mason-Dixon Line, separating Maryland and Pennsylvania, was completed.
In 1910, former president Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane, with a four minute flight from what's now St. Louis International Airport.
In 1975, the first episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live debuted.
In 1976, upon being approved by President Ford, the posthumous promotion of George Washington to General of the Armies of the United States - by law, with precedence over all Army ranks past or present - was completed.
And that's the way it is in Birdland on October 11 - at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday.