Much ado has been made this morning of the nothing Ramirez posited during his nine-minute (yes, they timed it) session with the media yesterday. In case you missed it, the "news" worthy portion of the interview:
"We’re confident every day. It doesn’t matter how things go for you. We’re not going to give up. We’re just going to go and play the game, like I’ve said, and move on. If it doesn’t happen, so who cares? There’s always next year. It’s not like the end of the world or something."
Which is absolutely correct. If the Sox lose this series, they still will have had their best overall season since 2004, with their best regular season since 1995. There’s no reason the Red Sox shouldn’t be favored to reach the playoffs and try again next year, regardless of what happens tonight or later this week.
One can fume all they want about athletes not showing "heart," but I prefer my athletes to show heart the way Manny shows his — with a .462/.611/.923 line in the ALCS.