Oooh boy. The Sox lose in spectacular fashion to the Angels and, with Jon Lester due up, look primed to take their third road sweep of the season. New York wins, and despite the fireworks there aren’t any punches thrown. Bonds breaks the record, and I’m finally left in the odd position of kinda-sorta-having to root for A-Rod to one day take the crown himself. And to top it off, my girlfriend dumps me for some 40-year-old she met at the library who just "gets her" much better then I do. Whatever that means…
But on the bright side, no more of those infuriating cuts to every
single Bonds at-bat during nationally televised games. Plus, now
that the record has finally been broken, we have only another week or
two before coverage finally dies down and focus returns to more
pressing issues, like Mike Vick’s dogfighting charges and David Beckham.
And lets not overstate the importance of these games against the Halos. One bad West Coast series does not the season make. We
get 12 more wonderful games against Tampa Bay and 10 against perennial
whipping boy Baltimore. The Jays were usurped some time ago by the
Mariners as "Mediocrity I Really Can’t Stand Facing, Especially On the Road," and to be honest, these Lilly-less, Chacin-less Canadians just don’t scare me like they used to. Simply put: The schedule’s about to get a whole lot easier. I’ve
also noticed that as strong as New York looks right now, they’ve still
played 13 fewer games against >500 teams then Boston has, and come
out of those 56 at a less-then-impressive 29-27. I find that at least
slightly reassuring, even if many of those losses likely came in the
first few months of the season.
And it’s been nice to see that Tito’s finally setting the batting
order the way it should have been since at least June, with Pedroia and Youk in the top two spots and Drew hitting fifth. Until the trip
to LA, it’d been working fairly well, too. Schilling looked
fine until he completely lost his splitter, with his velocity back
in the low-90’s. And these last two suckfests aside, the Sox have at
least been playing solid baseball, winning 5 of their 7 series since
the break (including one 4-game split). Could have been better, but it
hasn’t been all bad.
I’m mostly writing now to reassure myself, and because tonight’s
game got me so worked up I almost swore off watching for a little while. So, lets all just relax. Let the YF’s revel in their team’s resurgence whilst we keep our fingers off the panic buttons. And remember, even if the lead does get cut again tomorrow, the Sox remain a pretty solid operation. They can gain ground, too; there’s no reason to assume that this shrinkage is a permanent trend.
PS: The girlfriend thing was a joke. But today did suck.