Some More Red Sox Therapy
As long as the Sox make the playoffs — and they’d have to go 2-7, while the Tigers swept their remaining games, to miss them entirely, so it’s pretty likely — no one is going to care how they got there once it begins. Everything starts over.
And as for “momentum,” there are plenty of teams — last year’s Tigers and Cardinals, the 2005 White Sox — that have gone into the postseason on losing streaks and turned it around. It feels like momentum matters, but it doesn’t.
And the Red Sox still have the best record in baseball.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX SPORTS ON MSN offers comfort!
It’s not just Boston – ESPN has been covering this like it’s the end of the universe. I mean, don’t get me wrong – I want to win the AL East – but it’s shocking to me how big of a deal this is when no one, literally no one, will care 10 days from now.
Your post shows that you are not a sportswriter in Boston, where negativity sells newspapers. Thank you for saying what I’ve been saying all season, on whatever day the Red Sox happened to lose a game while the Yanks won.
We have now reached a point where the regular season and the AL East title truly do not matter. The Indians & Angels are roughly equal, as are their records. So why not let our sore players (Youk, Manny, etc.) rest up for the playoffs while the Evil Empire flails to win the pissing contest.
As you insinuate, no one remembers that Boston was a wild card team in ’04.
You might also mention that they are currently without the services of Crispus Attucks, Manny Ramirez and Euclid.
It’s a shame, if for ONE timely hit and a dependable bullpen each of the last two nights we would talking about how Lester and Clay were saving the Sox’ bacon. Alas, they must toy with us.