The last 8 days of Red Sox baseball has been, in my estimation, one of the more frustrating and demoralizing set of games I have seen in several years. It’s not that the Sox lost ballgames, it’s that they either threw them away (last Friday, in particular) or were never in them to begin with. I am sure there have been equally bad (if not worse) stretches in the past few seasons (remember, before the all-star break in 2004 the Sox were on a road to nowhere), but my memory is too short. I have a sense, or at least a solid hope, that much will change when Coco Crisp returns to the lineup (I know, that’s what everyone is hoping). For now, what I really want is for the Sox to play solid ball, to stay in games, to grind it out with this weak offense, to win enough to keep things tight in the AL East until the middle of May, to hold on so we can see if that team that electrified us the first week of the season was for real.
Rock bottom isn’t a pretty place, but there’s nowhere to go but up. Starting now. Use this as the Saturday night Sox/Rays game thread.