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Outside The Confines: Familiar faces lead AL Wild Card

The final American League playoff team has been established.

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Wild Card Round - New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

A year ago, if I’d told you Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber were leadoff hitters in the American League Wild Card game you would have had a lot of questions. One, “Ashley, you know you can’t have two leadoff hitters, right?” and two, “Ashley, you know the Cubs are in the National League, right?” And a year ago, friends, you would have been right to question me.

But here we are in October 2021, and Rizzo is donning a Yankees jersey, while Schwarber sports Red Sox red, and no, I don’t like it any more than you do, but at least the postseason means we’ll get to see some beloved former Cubs take a shot at another World Series ring.

As for that AL Wild Card match, well the winner of the winner-take-all outing was the Boston Red Sox, and they will go on to face the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg at 7:07 CT.

And as we prepare to see who will take home the Commissioner’s Trophy this year, let’s get into some links. Fair warning, if you don’t like reading about the postseason, you’re pretty much out of luck here.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.