I liked being the underdog.
Not that the Red Sox have been considered much of one lately, but it’s easier to be fired up when your team is being counted out. Easier to rant and rave and say, "We’ll show them." There’s more satisdfaction when you win, and fewer recriminations when you lose.
Besides that, you don’t have to worry about being jinxed by all the pundits choosing your team.
The Sox sure aren’t underdogs anymore.
- Eight of 10 "experts" on ESPN.com pick the Red Sox to beat the Rockies. Six of those eight think it will take only five or six games.
- The entire Baseball Tonight crew picked the Red Sox last night.
- David Pinto of Baseball Musings predicts the Red Sox to win in his Sporting News column. At least he gave some respect to the Rockies and said seven games.
- The Hardball Times also picked the Red Sox — in six.
- Baseball Prospectus, with probably the most unique and interesting article, picks the Sox in seven.
- Not surprisingly, everyone on the Boston Globe staff picks the Sox — and they all think it will take fewer than seven games.
- At Sports Illustrated, John Donovan (Sox in five) agrees.
- CBS Sports gives the Sox a "slight edge," while Scott Miller predicts a Boston sweep.
- I have to go to Colorado just to find someone to pick the Rockies: Woody Paige, in six.
- Or New York: Tyler Kepner, in six.
So basically everyone is picking the Red Sox — the statheads and the dinosaur writers, the national columnists and the beat reporters.
Frankly, that scares me to death.