New Sully Baseball Video "It Wasn’t Bill Buckner’s Fault"

Maybe it is appropriate that I bring up the Bill Buckner play the day after the Red Sox did the Great Faceplant of 2011.
In the latest Sully Baseball video, I am starting a new series.
Baseball Myths and Facts.” And it turns out there are so many of them that I will do a few videos on this topic.
I tackle the Buckner error first because even really good baseball people get that one wrong.
Enjoy the video.
And as always, you can see all the videos at my ShortForm TV page.

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The Braves are happy the Red Sox lost

How happy are the Braves that the Red Sox flopped so badly?
The Braves collapse was almost as bad as Bostons!
And they blew a 9th inning lead and couldn’t score a run in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th which could have forced a playoff with the Cardinals.

And yet it won’t get 1/100,000,000,000th the attention as the Red Sox collapse.

I guess there ARE advantages to playing in Atlanta instead of New England.

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If the Red Sox only were mediocre at the beginning and end

So the Red Sox blew the incredible lead to play golf this October. They were shockingly dreadful in September.

But remember how they lost their first 6 games and 10 of their first 12?
The Red Sox finished the season 90-72.

And they were 11-15 in April and a eye popping 7-20 in September.

In other words they were 18-35 in April and September and 72-37 the rest of the season.

Imagine if they weren’t awful but merely mediocre at the bookends of the season.
Instead of being 17 games under .500 in those 2 months, what if they were just 1 game under .500?

That would be a 26-27 record in the 53 games of April and September. Not unreasonable for a consensus World Series pick.

And if they did that and played the rest of the season the same way, they would have had a 98-64 record… a game ahead of the Yankees.

If only they rose to the level of “eh.”

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