It's the hope that kills you. I recently wrote about how excited I was that the Chicago White Sox were in the playoffs and how I cherish that nervous feeling that comes with caring about a team when the stakes get high. I still do, but the other side of that coin sucks.
The Houston Astros routed the White Sox in their ALDS matchup, which ended Tuesday with a 10-1 Astros win. It was a game that encapsulated how most of the series went, and it was just four hours of knowing the result but forcing yourself to watch it out of obligation. It was terrible. It put me in a bad mood the rest of the day, and I wasn't feeling much better about it this morning.
But I also know I'm not alone. Not only are there other White Sox fans feeling the same way, but there are fans of the Milwaukee Brewers who watched their season end on Tuesday, too. Monday night, it was Rays fans watching their season end far earlier than they thought it would. Tomorrow night, fans of either the 107-win San Francisco Giants or 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers will join our pity party, and they'll be welcomed with open arms.
Because no matter how much the losing sucks, there's always the hope you'll avoid it next year. Maybe it won't kill you next time.
Now let's have some fun.
All times Eastern, and all odds via Caesars Sportsbook