For a decade and a half, the Yankees and the Red Sox have been in a club by themselves. But the Tigers, the Rangers and the Angels are knocking on the door to superpower status.
Having been eliminated after losing the final three games of the ALCS, the Indians and their fans are left wondering where it all went wrong.
Cleveland is flush. Boston is dead broke. Here's a checklist of the money moments over the past three ALCS games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was signed for moments like the one he faced in Game 3, but he once again failed to deliver on the postseason stage.
The Indians have pierced the air of invincibility that permeated the Red Sox this October and proven they can beat them.
Not only must Fausto Carmona keep the Indians from falling into an 0-2 hole, but he also must give the Red Sox hitters an attitude adjustment.
In something of a role reversal, Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox have gone from the hunter to the hunted.