10 Reasons Not to Jump Off the Tobin

So things haven’t gone well for the Red Sox these last two weeks. But don’t fret, Sox fans. Perhaps a little perspective is in order — after all, we’ve come through long, tough stretches before (86 years or so). The Sox have had plenty of success after opening early leads against the Yankees — like in 1949 1978 2005 2006 … — hmm, well, OK.

Nevertheless, we here at the SF portion of YFSF do believe it’s a bit too early for the bridge-jumping. Here are some reasons you should back away from the ledge:

  1. The Sox aren’t playing nearly as badly as the Yankees were last month, and look how quickly they turned it around.
  2. Because Julio Lugo, J.D. Drew, Coco Crisp, Wily Mo Pena, Curt Schilling, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jon Lester, Joel Pineiro and Mike Timlin will show up any day now.
  3. It’s what Yankee fans do when their team hits the skids.
  4. All together now: "If you’d told us in March we’d be up by 7.5 on the Yankees in mid-June, we’d call you crazy."
  5. You’d miss A-Rod’s divorce trial.
  6. WEEI hasn’t been this interesting all season.
  7. You won’t be able to say, "Did you see that catch slow roller to short Coco made?"
  8. Jason Giambi might yet return to the Yankees’ active roster.
  9. One hundred more games = 100 more synonyms for "collapse."
  10. It wouldn’t work. The enormous pile of 2400 other Sox fans would break your fall.
14 comments… add one
  • 11. You will miss out on Boston’s 2nd championship this decade.

    jp-sf June 15, 2007, 2:45 pm
  • Well, of course. I thought that was understood, JP. ;-)

    Paul SF June 15, 2007, 2:46 pm
  • 12. Missing the spectacle of Julio Lugo’s wife, a diehard Sox fan, beating the sh*t out of HIM.

    SF June 15, 2007, 2:47 pm
  • 6. WEEI hasn’t been this interesting all season.
    Has anyone heard the guy that does the Terry Francona impressions. A++ material.

    NeffSox June 15, 2007, 2:50 pm
  • Does that guy also make up lineups that defy logic??

    jp-sf June 15, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Food for thought…
    With Dave Roberts and Barry Bonds coming to Fenway tonight, we might have the two most opposite and extreme fan reactions in the history of baseball, on the same night.

    Anonymous June 15, 2007, 3:20 pm
  • Wow. Schilling has one bad start after tossing a 1 hitter and you throw him under the bus?

    nate June 15, 2007, 3:44 pm
  • To me, the hitting is so much more worrysome than the pitching has been. Schil’s 1 hitter was phenomenal. Beckett has been lights-out (last night’s heaping steamer notwithstanding). Oki’s been so much better than expected. Paps has been paps. Daisuke has been adjusting (even though I think he’s a bit overhyped). Wake has done his usual Jeckyll and Hyde routine. Tavarez has been nothing short of great in that 5 hole. Easily the biggest surprise this year.
    It’s the offense that is really alarming me. Nobody can get on in front of MannyOrtiz….

    jp-sf June 15, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • Nate, to be fair, he’s had about 3 really good starts all season, one of them happened to be a one hitter, a 4 K one hitter, so luck played a lot in to it.
    Most of his starts this season have been, well frankly, awful.

    LocklandSF June 15, 2007, 3:59 pm
  • I agree with jp’s thoughts on hitting v. pitching.
    Here’s hoping that the Giants’ less-than-stellar pitching staff ignites the bats (holy crap would that be nice) just in time for my boys to come out to sunny SD and bust out the woopin’ stick on the Pods.

    Nate=Soxfan June 15, 2007, 4:09 pm
  • Schilling has been inconsistent all year. That’s not the Curt Schilling you expect. He’s been more inconsistent than Tim Wakefield, of all people. So yes, I put Schilling in a list of guys who have yet to “show up.” That’s not throwing him under the bus.

    Paul SF June 15, 2007, 4:30 pm
  • I was looking at the standings a second ago…one month ago, the Sox were 8 games up on the Yanks. So, you could add “because they’ve only gained 1/2 game on the Sox in the past month” on the list. It’s not as bad as I thought…

    jp-sf June 15, 2007, 4:36 pm
  • jp-sf, I love that, thanks for that

    Anonymous June 15, 2007, 4:58 pm
  • They’re keeping the lineup from yesterday. Good.

    Devine June 15, 2007, 5:22 pm

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