It’s Always Something

Listen, if you want to panic about what lies in store for the Red Sox, have at it.  I’m not going to pretend the team is playing great ball right now.  I’m not happy about them squandering the struggles of the Yankees and I’m certainly not pleased with their losing ground in the Wild Card standings.  But I didn’t panic when the team began the season so dismally and I’m not panicking now.

Here’s what I’m wondering:  If the Sox are going to struggle through the rest of this season, do I really want them to get to the post-season where their struggling DOES affect me more deeply?  I love it when my team is in the playoffs but the pain of them losing in those games is ridiculous. This isn’t to say that I don’t want them to be playing in October, of course I do – the idea of them sitting out of the playoffs and our having to watch the Yankees and the Rays in there makes me want to kick something – but I feel like being realistic has its place here.

On September 10th I am in no way throwing in the towel.  Right now I still believe this team can bounce back and win.  Hell, I still have visions of them overtaking the Yankees and getting the division.  But if I’m watching a team on September 20th still playing like they are today, well then I’m not going to be too upset if they don’t make it to the post-season.

Today’s a new day.  We get to see what Kyle Weiland has tonight and Jon Lester wraps things up tomorrow.  Still plenty of time to kick back into gear and head into the playoffs on a tremendously high note.

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