8.21.2006

stunned

All I wanted was for the Red Sox to win the division. Just win the division, for fuck sake, the wild card comes from the Central and the Yankees stay home. That's all I wanted last year, and that's all I wanted this year. The Sox were in first place for most of the season, it shouldn't have been too much to ask. Win. The. Division.

But no.

Apparently Theo Epstein and Terry Francona wanted to make sure that didn't happen, because they did everything they could to prevent it. Apparently Theo and Tito want Red Sox fans to hate them. That job they're doing well.

What is she going on about, you ask? Don't ask. We're four games into a five-game series between the Yankees and the Red Sox, a weekend of monumental proportions, a make-or-break, do-or-die, cliche-laden, angst-ridden, stomach-churning series.

After the Yankees pounded the Sox on both ends of Friday's double-header, I thought it couldn't get much worse. Shows you what I know. That was only the beginning. Saturday's loss won the official Worst Game Of The Year award, but the distinction was short-lived. Last night's loss - with the Red Sox ahead early, then blowing a lead late, a loss so predictable a few million fans could have scripted it in advance, and no doubt did - quickly overtook it. I don't even want to watch today's game.

There was a now-infamous Yankees-Red Sox series in September 1978 known as The Boston Massacre. Since that name is already taken, what will they call this one?

I think it would be more fun to be a Royals fan. Just relax, watch games, and enjoy the season - winning never a concern because you know it's out of the question.

sigh

6 comments:

Lone Primate said...

Heh, ironic you should pull the Royals out of the hat. Back in the Drive of '85, we were poised to win our first penant ever. We had the Royals on the ropes, 3-1 (it was, if I'm remembering right, the first year they brought back best-of-seven). Then in the 5th game, an ump made a bad call against the Jays, and they never recovered from it. They went down to defeat three games straight. That was some tough glass to swallow. But... at least we clinched our division that year (first time).

L-girl said...

Anytime you want to check on what happened when, the best places to go are Baseball Reference and Retrosheet. Retrosheet is an amazing project that is collecting scorecards (play-by-plays) from every game ever played, for use as historical reference.

L-girl said...

And speaking of the Royals, they're the worst team in baseball right now, and a few weeks ago they swept the Red Sox. Right after the Red Sox dropped two out of three to the second-worst team in baseball, the Devil Rays.

The wheels have come off. :/

James said...

the Red Sox ahead early, then blowing a lead late, a loss so predictable a few million fans could have scripted it in advance, and no doubt did

Sounds like any number of Jays games. We don't actually watch much baseball anymore, because we got tired of this pattern.

But I still have my two Jays World Series t-shirts.

Lone Primate said...

But I still have my two Jays World Series t-shirts.

Do you wear one upside-down in honour of the Marines? :)

redsock said...

Yay! They lost today also: 2-1.