Question of the day: Why are the Sox so awful at running the bases? It seems like nearly every game there is a blunder that stops a rally, ends an inning, or costs the Sox a chance at a smattering of runs. Last night was no different, with Manny running into Youk at third on a bloop single (blame is being put on Manny, but to me it appeared that at the least he read the ball correctly, while Youk had no clue if the ball was dropping). This followed Thursday’s hideous gaffe by Mirabelli at third base on a deep fly ball, tagging then retagging, and getting thrown out after Nick Markakis caught the ball near the bullpen in right. And we don’t have to remind Sox fans about Julio Lugo getting thrown out at third in the ninth inning to end a game, with the Sox down a single run.
Who can I blame for this? I’m in serious scapegoating mode at the moment, such is my general frustration and gloomy outlook for the team, the way they’ve played for nearly 2.5 months.