Faith not Arrogance

I have no idea the origins of this Pat Burrell photo.  All I know is it's been a long time since I posted beefcake and Pat earned it, baby!

I have no idea the origins of this photo of Pat the Bat. All I know is it has been a long time since I posted beefcake and Pat earned it baby!

I absolutely lose my shit when people compare the Red Sox to the Yankees. It drives me up a wall. Used to be that comparisons to Yankee fans and Red Sox fans pissed me off too, but lately, well, lately they almost seem appropriate.

It’s amazing how many blogs, message boards and articles I’ve read this week where Red Sox fans are absolutely convinced that this ALCS is a mere formality and a way for the Sox to kill time before they play in the World Series. Where the hell does that come from?

Certainly I’m not “afraid” of the Rays. I’ve never been afraid of any team the Sox are playing. I believe that the Red Sox have as much of a chance to win the ALCS as the Rays do. Which means, I believe the Rays have as much of a chance to win the ALCS as the Red Sox do.

Hey, I’m the first to admit that I was one of those “this team is going to fail by the end of the season” people when it came to Tampa Bay. But guess what? They didn’t. The won the freaking Division, folks. That was no fluke.

Again, we all know winning the division doesn’t equal winning it all. We know that quite well! Even still, it does warrant a little bit of respect. This team played the Sox hard, especially in September. They aren’t the laughing stock they used to be and it boggles my mind that people still think they are.

My prediction? I see the Sox winning this in five or six. (OOH! Going out on a limb there, Cyn!) I don’t see it going seven games, but I also don’t see the Rays going away quietly. I see the Sox winning because I have faith in my team, not because I don’t think the other team is good enough to win.

According to KellyO, my losing streak at Fenway ends Monday afternoon with Crabcakes on the mound.  That seems fitting somehow.

8:37pm it starts, folks.  Be there.  Aloha.

(Oh, one side note:  Last night I totally wanted to be the cream in a Pat Burrell/Chase Utley oreo!  That is all.)

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