Derek Jeter is sadly mistaken — the Sox do indeed have something to play for. It’s not as glamorous as teh ringz, but it’s important, nonetheless.
The Sox are playing with a keen eye on young players like tonight’s starter, Kason Gabbard, who has shown some promise since being thrown into the starting rotation. The last 20 games might not determine a pennant race, but they could determine future pennant races — showcasing young talent that could be featured in offseason trades for bigger talent, giving kids Major League face time and making the adjustment that much easier in 2007.
In that sense, at least, the games still matter — even if the scores don’t. There’s still plenty to root for — and I’m not talking about that Ortiz-Jeter cage match.