So I really like baseball, I track nearly every Red Sox game in real time and have since late 2003, but I’m pretty sure I should just never watch baseball again now.
I mean, it’s never going to be more fun than that (2004 was more terrifying and explosive than fun, I’d say). The Red Sox were expected by just about every pundit to finish at or near the bottom of the division. Instead, they tied for the MLB lead in regular season wins (and beat the team that tied them, the Cardinals, in the World Series), had the best run differential in baseball, had exactly two bad stretches during the season (one in May and one in August), beat the crap out of the Yankees and Rays in the regular season, took down the Rays and their terrifying rotation in the ALDS, took down the Tigers and their even more terrifying rotation in the ALCS, and won three in a row in the World Series despite the mental hit of losing two games in a row by throwing the ball into left field when trying to throw to 3rd. In their five losses in the postseason, they lost by 1, 1, 4, 2, and 1. They were in every game in October. They never faced an elimination game in the playoffs. And they just seemed like a fun group of guys who really liked each other and liked baseball. You relish every chance you get in the playoffs. And after a heartbreaking 2011 and a despicable 2012, this is just unbelievable. What a team. What a year.
Yeah, I’ll probably still watch next year; it’s nice that so many of the same guys will be back. :)
CHAMPIONS OF BASEBALL!