Is there anything in sports more fleeting than the thrill of a post-clinch celebration in baseball?
The players deserve it. That's for damn sure. Baseball season is ridiculously long, ridiculously grueling. It's a lifetime of frustration and heartache and sleepless nights and general bullshittery compacted into a horrible, emotionally draining six-month period.
That's how it is for the WINNING teams.
So, sure. When you clinch that playoff check, go crazy. Let the beer and champagne flow. This game's fun. Let's have fun out here, OK? It's fun, God dammit.
Just understand this: Pretty soon, almost every one of you will be crying into that beer. Or, if not crying, punching the hell out of your locker after you get your asses run out of the playoffs just. Like. That.
It's quick, man. One minute, you're on top of the baseball world. Just look at A-Rod in that embedded SportsCenter tweet up there. Doesn't he look happy? Doesn't he look cold?
Well, pretty soon, chances are he and his Yankees teammates will not be happy. And they won't be cold, because they'll be on vacation on some beach somewhere in Mexico or the Caribbean. Or Hawaii. Vegas, maybe. Wherever.
Where they won't be is in the World Series, probably. Because that? That is hard. Only one team will get to throw that party in early November or late October or Christmas, or whenever the hell the World Series ends these days.
That's next week's bad news, though. Today is for the happy. Let's give these guys room to celebrate, if only for a little while.
Here, then, is a compendium of post-clinch celebrations so far. We still have two more coming, because someone is going to win the AL West, and someone is going to clinch the second AL wildcard. Here's what we've got going into the weekend, though.
It will have to suffice for most of them. Who do you think did it best this year?
Mets, NL East: Michael Conforto's celebration POV is epic on Deadspin
Cardinals, NL Central: Just like St. Louis, the Cardinals celebrate NIIIIICE
Dodgers, NL West:
L.A. got to rub it into the World Series champions and HATED rivals, the Giants, by clinching and celebrating in San Francisco
. Doesn't get much sweeter.
Cubs, NL wildcard:
With Jake Arrieta pitching against the Pirates in the wildcard play-in game, we get the feeling the Cubs will live to celebrate once more
Pirates, NL wildcard: We are family!
(For one more game only. Sorry, Buccos. Two words: Jake. Joe. Two more words: Good. Bye.)
Royals, AL Central: Party like it's 1985!
Blue Jays, AL East:
Good party, eh? Munenori Kawasaki thought so
Yankees, AL wildcard: Yay. We won