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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