Friday, September 21, 2007

NINE TO GO!

The homestretch is here. 9 games in 10 days to wrap up this up and down and WAY down 2007 season. We're still in first place, we have a virtual lock on at least a wild card slot, and the Yankees are just a scant game behind us in the loss column. Manny's return is still somewhere on the horizon, Coco is hurting with back pain and Kevin Youkilis remains days to day after being hit by a Yankee pitch on the wrist. And that's without even mentioning the pitchers and THEIR problems. Hideki Okajima remains in a holding pattern so that he can rest, Gagne, who I wish had gone to the Yankees, has been stinking up the place royally, Wakefield has not won since his unbelievable August scoreless streak and Daisuke Matsuzaka must be continuously reminded NOT to rely on his fastball exclusively. Other than those "hiccups." as Tito Francona likes to say, this is a first place club headed for the playoffs. But it ain't so easy. Nothing is for the Boston Red Sox. Ever. Except for the 2004 World Series romp over that club from St. Louis. But such is life as a member of Red Sox Nation. We revel in the pain and uncertainty while at the same time hope blossoms and grows in our hearts. Month after month, year after year. And that's just fine with me.

If you have time, the sports columnist supreme from the Hartford Courant wrote a great piece today entitled "Red Sox in playoffs, but for how long?" It is riveting reading, although you may flinch a couple of times while savoring it. Just click on the title of this very post. Required reading for ANY Red Sox fan. And here are the pitching matchups for the three game set in Tampa Bay. A key pairing is the first one...Beckett versus Kazmir.

Josh Beckett (19-6, 3.20 ERA) vs. Kazmir (13-8, 3.54) tonight
Matsuzaka (14-12, 4.41) vs. Andy Sonnanstine (6-9, 5.68) Saturday
Tim Wakefield (16-11, 4.73) vs. Edwin Jackson (4-15, 5.99) Sunday.

We need three to officially make the playoffs......how 'bout nine straight? Enjoy your weekend, and be well.

7 Comments:

At 9/21/2007 10:57 AM, Blogger MattySox said...

Anybody who says they "revel in the pain" the Red Sox cause is either lying or one masochistic S.O.B. I live through it, but I certainly don't revel in it...

 
At 9/21/2007 11:43 AM, Blogger San Francisco Red Sox Fan said...

Hi Peter,

Every time I get frustrated by the Sox I just remind myself this is the way we do it. It may not be easy but when we do win (and we do!) it sure feels sweet.

Have a great weekend.

 
At 9/21/2007 11:56 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

MATTY, I've been rooting for the Sox since '67...you are out of place with your comment.....it's a part of being a Sox fan...get used to it! Or leave! Sorry...you hit a nerve! Wow, you couldn't have said ANYTHING more evil! Sorry...just me! You can apologize anytime. But that was one of the suckiest comments ever!!!

SFRSF...thanks....

 
At 9/21/2007 12:17 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

The yankees have had to accelerate their game the last part of the season just to make the playoffs and I think this has caused them to peak too soon. They'll go sputtering into Choketober on fumes.

My biggest concern about the Sox is the fashion police. I hate to see Tito get hassled by the man and distract him from his duties.

 
At 9/21/2007 1:58 PM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

It don't come easy,
You know it don't come easy.

It don't come easy,
You know it don't come easy.

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues,
And you know it don't come easy.
You don't have to shout or leap about,
You can even play them easy.

Forget about the past and all your sorrows,
The future won't last,
It will soon be over tomorrow.

I don't ask for much, i only want your trust,
And you know it don't come easy.
And this love of mine keeps growing all the time,
And you know it just ain't easy.

Open up your heart, let's come together,
Use a little love
And we will make it work out better.

 
At 9/21/2007 4:44 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

MCW...a little RINGO! The Sox need "a little help from their friends" (the baseball gods)
Hey BFW...I truly hate to say this, but the Yanks are too good to have peaked. A short series, 5 or 7 games, is the only way to beat 'em.
And Matty, if I was too harsh, sorry...your tone might have been mistaken by me, but your timing wasn't good. Forgiven, I hope...I could always delete my comment, but that would be dishonest. Go Sox. Mayyyyybe I could have thought of a better word than "revel." It hit me as being right when I wrote it, and unless it's grammatically or factually incorrect, I don't change things.

 
At 9/21/2007 4:47 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Sorry for the misspell.

 

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