Well, that was fun.
No matter the outcome of today’s game, Curt Schilling and Manny Ramirez are the only Sox players who can say they gave it their all this weekend. The Red Sox managed to destroy their division hopes, David Ortiz’s MVP hopes and Jonathan Papelbon’s Rookie of the Year hopes in just three days. I blame Terry, I blame Theo, and I blame myself for ignoring this team’s glaring flaws early in the season — although, clearly the loss of Wakefield and Varitek have been nothing short of disastrous.
Sure, the Wild Card — and even the division, technically — is still attainable. Maybe Wakefield and Tek come back strong, the lineup figures out how to score runners from second and third and fewer than two out for the first time all season, and Epstein works some waiver-wire magic for a reliever who’s not in his first full season and can allow fewer than two-thirds of his inherited runners to score. Then the Sox roll through September, march into the playoffs, get some luck and make us all forget this horrible time.
Sound far-fetched? Yeah, I thought so.
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