It's funny, I really am actually satisfied with what the team has done. I have often recognized that I should feel that way, but while the team is still playing and there is some next accomplishment that seems within reach (make the playoffs, win this series, get to 90 wins, whatever), I am always more emotionally invested in them getting that next thing more than I am satisfied with what they have done. But I had them pegged as an 85 win team (and thought I was maybe a bit optimistic), they have eliminated the Yankees, and there are several teams left, including the Rays, that I think are clearly better. So for perhaps the first time ever I find myself able to imagine losing a playoff series with equanimity. It's nice in its own way.
This nails the difference between 2013 and this year for me.Oh I know the 2013 squad were big dogs early in the season, but by the time the playoffs rolled around, they were pretty clearly one of the best teams in baseball.