I always wondered how fans of the Royals and Devil Rays did it. The team was down and out; why bother watching the games?
Well, this season has been a reminder — not having followed the Sox closely between 1998 and 2003, this really is a throwback for me to the hideous early 1990s, when the Sox were out of it early and out of it often. You start rooting for your individual players to reach milestones, to lead the league in whatever categories they can. You watch the prospects and root for them. You think about next year, and — very important for sanity — you back away a little, gain some perspective and become a normal person again (the wife really enjoys my not checking scores via text message while we’re shopping or driving).
Of course, for the Red Sox, there is next year. Not so for the Royals (maybe for the D-Rays). That helps. Finding compelling reasons to watch every game, however — finding those storylines that make good game threads — that becomes a bit more difficult. There’s the joy of watching baseball. There’s the hope that this individual game will be a good game to watch. There’s always that.
And there’s Lenny DiNardo, fighting back from an injury, hoping to show that he is the Sox’ long-reliever/spot-starter of the future. I’m rooting for him (he is a lefty, and we sure could use one in the pen next year). Anyway, that’s all I got. Comment away!