What’s the worst that can happen? What’s the best-case scenario? In Best Case/Worst Case, we find out what those worst and best case scenarios are. Tonight… the American League East. And it’s accompanied by things from the now-free Getty Image archive.
So, here we go:
Boston Red Sox
Best-Case Scenario: Everything clicks again, David Ortiz once again gets to use his Hall of Fame level of F-Bomb dropping as the Red Sox celebrate a repeat. Bogaerts becomes a super-star.
Worst-Case Scenario: They grow the beards again, but this time they grow…. too much. By October, they have grown so long that they trip over them.
Worst-Case Scenario that might actually happen: Injuries take a toll on the pitching staff, Xander Bogaerts doesn’t quite make his great leap into super-stardom. Third Place.
Tampa Bay Rays
Best-Case Scenario: They finally win the World Series, possibly even getting the baseball fans of the Tampa area to come to see them and not the opposing team instead.
Worst-Case Scenario: Somebody steals Evan Longoria‘s hat again and escapes with it into the deadliest regions of the Middle East. Vowing vengeance, Longoria misses the first several months of the season as he goes to rescue it, and to make matters worse, Wil Myers gets hurt. By the time Longoria and Myers have gotten back, the Rays are far enough back where they feel like it’s safe to trade away David Price.
Worst-Case Scenario that might actually happen: Really, injuries and the possible trade of David Price are the worst case scenarios.
Best-Case Scenario: The pitching overachieves, Manny Machado comes back healthy, Nelson Cruz does well in Camden Yards and the rest of the AL East falters, allowing the Orioles to- somehow- make their second playoffs in three years.
Worst-Case Scenario: A bad batch of crab-cakes causes entire team to battle food poisoning all year.
Worst-Case Scenario that could actually happen: Machado doesn’t fully recover, the pitching stinks, and the only thing the Orioles are playing for down the stretch is the ability to stay over .500.
New York Yankees
Best-Case Scenario: World Series title.
Worst-Case Scenario: Seriously, Yankee fans would probably consider anything other than the above a worst-case scenario. However, they are forgetting…
Worst-Case Scenario That Could Actually Happen: Not only do the Yankees not win the World Series, but they miss the playoffs again, leading to Yankee ownership to panic and, in a move reminiscent of the late George Steinbrenner, blow everything up, even the stuff that worked. Also, that guy falls off his motorcycle.
Toronto Blue Jays
(I don’t know why Getty would have clip art that is JUST different enough from the actual Blue Jays logo to not be a copy…)
Best-Case Scenario: Dickey’s knuckler knuckles, Jose Bautista stays healthy, and the other teams in AL East have troubles, allowing Toronto to return to the post-season for the first time since the 1990s.
Worst-Case Scenario: Rob Ford shows up, does something so disgraceful that the Blue Jays cancel the season in shame.
Worst-Case Scenario That Could Actually Happen: More-or-less what happened last year.
Later today…. BEST CASE/WORST CASE for the… AL CENTRAL.