Was it over when the German’s bombed Pearl Harbor?

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What in the name of Ed Romero is the matter with you Red Sox fans?

Seriously! Ooooo. The Yankees swept us. The season is over…
I’m reading the message boards and getting e mails saying “Well at least the Patriots are going to be good.”

I’m sorry… is the season over? Or are there 51 games left?

This is rough… but is it worse than being one loss from being eliminated in ’03, ’04. ’07 and ’08?
(Yeah I know, they lost in ’08… but man they made it interesting!)

I understand the sweep sucked. BUCK UP! You’ve had your day to whine about it. But I am going to go a little Ben Bradlee from All The President’s Men on the Red Sox and their fans today.

“You guys are probably pretty tired, right? Well, you should be. Go on home, get a nice hot bath. Rest up… 15 minutes. Then get your asses back in gear.”

The Red Sox have a lot going for them… and this could be all swept away before you say “Roberts is stealing!”

I hear people bringing up the 5 game sweep by the Yankees in 2006 that essentially sunk the team.

But that year Manny quit on the team, Ortiz and Varitek went down and there was literally no starting pitching.

Manny is already gone, we’ve not had anything out of Ortiz and Varitek this year anyway and the pen is deep!

And I think the best thing Red Sox fans can do is to forget about the Yankees. Just forget it. Give them the Division. And then have the Yankees see what kind of a clutch October pitcher CC Sabathia is! (1-3 with a 9.47 ERA in his 4 playoff starts from 2007 and 2008)

But with 51 games left, they need to win one more game than the Texas Rangers and they will be in the post season.

How hard can THAT be?

Seriously, the Rangers have been a great story but remember that year the Rangers wilted down the stretch? Which year? EVERY YEAR!!!

And yeah Tampa Bay has played well and have tons of talent… but they have their issues as well.

Take the ERA for Scott Kazmir and Andy Sonnanstine and dail it. Someone will pick up. Maybe in Europe!

Plus the Red Sox have 2 terrific starters, a deep bullpen… and if they make it to the playoffs, they will probably face the Angels… with Lester and Beckett going 1-2.

So really, you are waving the white flag after a rough patch in early August? Are kings crowned in August now?

They aren’t even crowned in September!

The 1987 Tigers finished the season as well as any team I have ever seen. They stormed through the last few weeks, clinched on the last day of the season as the best team in baseball.

The 1987 Twins were one of the weakest playoff teams in history. They could slug, but their pitching staff had Frank Viola, Bert Blyleven, Jeff Reardon, Juan Berenguer and THAT IS IT! They stumbled into the playoffs with just 85 games.

And it was the Twins who won the whole shebang.

Make it to the dance and take your chances… and before you say 2006 Cardinals, they’ll be fueling up the Duck Boats!

How about this for optimism?

THE MAGIC NUMBER TO CLINCH A PLAYOFF SPOT IS 52!

Let’s play ball and remember… NOTHING is over until we decide it is!

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Really Giants fans?

You are going to jeer a superstar left fielder because of performance enhancing drugs?
You are going to take the high road there?
Seriously… about midway through writing one of those signs it never hit you?
OK… fine. 

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What was so hard about that????

A nice little dodged bullet game!

A nice rally, some clutch hits and maybe even Jason Bay can refind his power stroke.
Again, it’s why baseball is the best game of them all. 4 Game sweep in the Bronx? Guess what! You have a game the very next day!
And now Junichi Tazawa is pitching for the second time in a big league game.
And unlike his previous game, he won’t be in a situation where every single pitch he threw could end the game.
I happily update the tally.

DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 15

April 17 – 10-8 win against Orioles. (Overcame 7-0 deficit.)
April 24 – 5-4 win against Yankees. (Bay homers off of Rivera in 9th to tie it.)
April 25 – 16-11 win against Yankees. (Overcame 6-0 deficit.)
April 29 – 6-5 win at Cleveland. (Overcame 5-0 deficit.)
May 12 – 4-3 win at Anaheim. (Down 3-1 in the 8th.)
June 11 – 4-3 win against Yankees. (Down 3-1 in the 8th. Rallied against Sabathia.)
June 12 – 5-2 win at Philadelphia. (Overcame Ryan Howard’s 9th inning shot to win in 13)
June 21 – 6-5 win against Atlanta. (The wind turns Nick Green’s fly ball into a walk off shot)
June 27 – 1-0 win at Atlanta. (Masterson and Papelbon wiggle out of late jams.)
July 1 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Sox score 4 in the 9th and Lugo wins in in the 11th)
July 8 – 5-4 win against Oakland. (Wind keeps Hairston’s 9th inning go ahead homer in the ballpark)
July 10 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Pedroia drives in the only run with 2 outs in the 8th.)
July 30 – 8-5 win against Oakland. (Ortiz tests postive then hits a 2 out 3 run go ahead homer.)
July 31 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Youk’s 2 run homer saves Smoltz from another bad start.)
August 10 – 6-5 win against Detroit. (Sox snap 6 game losing streak with 7th inning rally.)
TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 20
April 14 – 6-5 loss at Oakland. (Sox blow early 3-0 lead. Lose in 12)
April 28 – 9-8 loss at Cleveland. (Sox blow early 5-1 lead. Lopez drops 3rd out.)
May 14 – 5-4 loss at Anaheim. (Ortiz goes 0-7 stranding 12 runners.)
May 15 – 5-4 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox blow their second 4-0 lead in three days.)
May 17 – 3-2 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox strand two in the 9th. Lose in the bottom of the 9th.)
May 23 – 3-2 loss to the Mets. (Papelbon lets up a 2 out 2 run homer in the 9th to Omir Santos)
June 18 – 2-1 loss to the Marlins. (Rain washes out a tight game after 5+ innings.)
June 28 – 2-1 loss to the Braves. (Tying run on base in the 9th. Solid Penny outing wasted)
June 30 – 11-10 loss at Baltimore. (The Red Sox blow a late 10-1 to the lowly Orioles.)
July 3 – 7-6 loss to Seattle. (Red Sox comeback in the 8th only to lose in the 11th.)
July 4 – 3-2 loss to Seattle. (Saito walks three in the 9th as the Mariners rally to win)
July 9 – 8-6 loss to the Royals. (Bullpen blows early 4-0 lead.)
July 21 – 4-2 loss at Texas. (Beckett loses a complete game and the Yankees take over first.)
July 22 – 3-1 loss at Texas. (Sox are swept for the first time all season.)
July 28 – 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox blow 3 run lead in 9th. A’s rally with 2 outs in 9th and 11th.)
July 29 – 8-6 loss to Oakland. (Down 5-0 in the first, Sox comeback falls short)
August 4 – 4-2 loss in Tampa Bay. (Longoria hits 13th inning walk off with first base open.)
August 5 – 6-4 loss in Tampa Bay. (Sox gets swept in a 2 game series with the tying run at the plate).
August 7 – 2-0 loss in New York. (A-Rod’s walk off with 2 outs in the 15 ends a teeth grinding marathon.)
August 9 – 5-2 loss in New York. (4 outs from avoiding a sweep, Bard lets up back to back homers to Damon and Teixeira.)
Back to -5
Good times lay ahead

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