Friday, August 6, 2010
The Red Sox Soldier On....
The Boston Red Sox are putting on a clinic!
I must say though, I give the Red Sox a whole lot of credit for still hanging around, considering the storm of injuries they've had. The Red Sox are an impressive, and I mean IMPRESSIVE, 62-47, which in any other division would have them in first place or withing a whisker of first place.
But unfortunately for the BoSox they play in a kingdom, which they are largely responsible for building, which is the 3-time defending American League champions, the AL East. And right now the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays are running the show, so a 92-95 win season (which the Red Sox are on track for) may not be good enough.
But the good news is, they still have 10 games against the Yankees (67-40) and 6 games against the Rays (67-41), who both sport the best records in baseball. Currently they are 7 back in the loss column, but they start a 4-game series tonight against the Yankees, which will either make them or break them. So its not over for Beantown, especially how they have proven they can win with just about anybody in the lineup.
But even if they don't make the playoffs, the Red Sox will have yet another 90+ win-season which in the long term is a good thing. One of the things I've always like about the Red Sox is that no matter how much agony they went thru for 8+ decades, they always maintained a winning culture and I'm a firm believer that teams who maintain long lasting winning cultures, sooner or later, good things will happen for them.
And trust me folks, as a long-suffering Mets fan, I know what a "who cares if we win" culture is.
Finally, I guess the best thing nowadays about whatever struggles the Red Sox go through is that we no longer have to hear people blaming it on the Bambino.
Because, quite frankly, me and the Babe were getting tired of hearing it.
Terry Francona cartoon courtesy of macleodcartoons.blogspot.com
Babe Ruth cartoon courtesy of Frank Galasso
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