I hate to put this up over the top of the game thread, but I’ve been pondering the results this weekend and the doomsaying that is coming out of RSN. I felt, last week, that the Sox would probably come out of this series with a single victory, and it looks like even that might be a stretch. So at some point we have to accept the fact that the Red Sox as currently constructed are not a serious contender. They are a solid and flawed team, from the top down. But here’s the thing:
To accept this is not to relinquish one’s allegiance to the squad, nor is this acceptance any indication of a lack of disappointment or (I hate this phrase) "throwing the team under the bus". I root for the Sox, and I want them to win. I am disappointed they are not winning. And there’s a kicker: as far as I am concerned there’s nothing at all wrong with this "not good enough to win" stuff. It took 86 years for the Sox to win a World Series, many of those years were played in smaller leagues, and with talent advantages that do not exist today. We should be so lucky that they continue to battle, every year, into August, September, and beyond, for a division title, a wild card spot, an ALCS, or even a World Series. But it won’t happen every year. Have we all forgotten how hard it is to win a championship, how long it takes? My mom and dad were alive for 64 years before the Sox won anything. I was alive for 34. White Sox fans waited 88 years. Seattle fans have never seen a championship. Nor have Astros fans. Cubs fans are still waiting.
So buck up everyone. Finishing second (despite what spoiled Yankees fans might tell you) is not the end of the world. It may be a failure in the seasonal measurements of baseball, that is not hard not to admit. But in baseball, failure is the norm. Even for the best of franchises.