Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Red Sox Revisited

I said I'd revisit the Sox after the Yankees series, not realizing they would be playing again so soon.

I'll keep this short - not much to say, really. I guess it's only fitting that the Sox were flying very high last time I posted, and barely two weeks later, after getting cut down by our "Daddy" this weekend, that as of now, we have meekly slipped out of first place.

Eight games with the O's and Yanks on both sides of the All Star break - the perfect time to get it together and put some distance between the pack. We lose 6 of 8. And tonite, only 3 hits at home - to Tampa Bay????? What the hell is that about?

It's no coincidence that Johnny Damon's 29 game hit streak came to an end tonite - just as first place slipped away. Adding insult to injury, he made the final out - not just tonight, but last night too. He had a golden chance to tie the game in the most dramatic way possible on Sunday - Rivera on the ropes - it would have totally turned things around. This is how we broke the curse - by winning these games in our last at bat.

Let's not forget how just before Damon's last at bat against the Yankees, Alex Cora comes up with the bases loaded and none out. Alex who??? Just make contact. Hit a sac fly. Even striking out is ok - the top of the order is coming up. He hits into a DP that was executed brilliantly by A Rod and Posada - incredibly deflating, but par for the course for The Nation. Then - go figure - tonite against Tampa, he gets 2 of the 3 Sox hits. Huh??????

I better stop now - this isn't healthy. It's over. Season's lost. What's the point of scoring 17 runs in 1 game when you can only score 1 or 2 the rest of the time? What doesn't kill us makes us stronger - builds character right? Right? 3 hits against Tampa? Right?

Better take my mind off this and get back to VoIP.

4 comments:

ipcom said...

Posted by: DG Lewis

Jon,

Just remember:

They won the World Series last year.

After 86 years of Red Sox fans saying, "Please, just once before I die, let the Sox win the Series."

OK, they did -- you owe them (and the rest of the world) at least one season of just being happy with being the "Defending World Champion Boston Red Sox."

Enough with the angst already.

:-)

ipcom said...

Posted by: Ronald Gruia

Hey Jon, it's still too early to tell... but the Rays are the hottest team in baseball since the All Star break. They took 3 out of 4 from the Jays on the weekend. So they're hot! ;-)

At least the Sox are still contending and very close to the top. This is amazing considering the pitching rotation they've got (currently only Boomer is pitching OK, since the AL hitters finally began figuring out Matt Clement). But hey - Curt is back, albeit he needs to work his stamina up. The fact that the Sox are near first is a testimony of the good hitting they've been getting (despite missing the clutch hits you've talked about during the series versus the Yankees).

But unless Theo can pull off a trade for a bona-fide starting pitcher, it will be tough. A guy like Al (Cigarette) Leiter would have been a nice addition, but looks like Steinbrenner wants to break his own spending record and buy himself a WS... AGAIN! So I would say someone like either A.J. Burnett or Jason Schmidt would be the minimum. Then, perhaps a gamble on Mark Redman (bringing him back to the AL might solve his recent pitching woes, though it is a bit of a gamble).

In the meantime, my Jays have no chance without Mr. Halladay... Sigh!

ipcom said...

Posted by: DG Lewis

You're talking about the Sox picking up AJ Burnett (2005 salary: $3.65M), Jason Schmidt (2005 salary: $8.1875M), or Mark Redman (2005 salary: $4.5M), and you're accusing the Yankees of trying to "buy a World Series" by picking up Leiter, who they're paying $400k this year?? Pot to kettle: "You're black."

ipcom said...

Posted by: ya

i hate the jays... and jays fans :) toronto fans suck!