The Sox and the Pendulum



Arousing from the most profound of slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream. Yet in a second afterward, (so frail may that web have been) we remember not that we have dreamed. — Edgar Alan Poe, "The Pit and the Pendulum"

So here we are, at the beginning of an eight-game/eight-day stretch of baseball against the leaders of the AL Central and AL East, respectively. Four days ago, we were in despair, writing off the season, cursing Theo, Tito and anyone who dared say the Sox might not be this bad.

Now? Well, now, the Sox can beat anyone. The offense, despite no Ortiz and no hits from Ramirez, scored 11 runs and the team won despite poor pitching from Lester and Hansen and mediocre pitching from Delcarmen and Papelbon.

The pessimism is gone "like the gossamer web of some dream," and the optimism is here, and the pendulum has swung. Will it swing back before the end of the weekend? Or will this week put to bed our fears for good, and by October, will we "remember not that we have dreamed"?

20 comments… add one
  • wouldn’t get your hopes up if you’re a Boston fan. Should be a close race for a while and this weekend will be an interesting one. I’d be willing to bet the Yanks remain ahead though by the end. Offense only goes so far.

    Spike August 14, 2006, 1:28 pm
  • And the Yankees pitching is pretty iffy too, what’s your point Spike?

    LocklandSF August 14, 2006, 1:37 pm
  • Ah, the irony of a Yankees fan saying that “offense only goes so far.”

    jb August 14, 2006, 1:55 pm
  • Not as iffy as Boston’s right now….i shouldn’t have to explain that one

    Anonymous August 14, 2006, 2:13 pm
  • hi casey!!

    Anonymous August 14, 2006, 2:25 pm
  • Hey Spike – you still bathing in Jeter’s cologne?

    Renome August 14, 2006, 2:27 pm
  • Hey Spike – you still bathing in Jeter’s cologne?

    Renome August 14, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Hey Spike – you still bathing in Jeter’s cologne?

    Renome August 14, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Hey Spike – you still bathing in Jeter’s cologne?

    Renome August 14, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • no, Varitek’s blood

    spike August 14, 2006, 2:29 pm
    Good points. These are the challenges we have to overcome before we can allow ourselves real optimism.

    Kazz August 14, 2006, 2:56 pm
  • That article really says nothing new, and it’s poorly written, to boot.
    There’s nothing particularly interesting or surprising for someone to write an overly long column listing all the Red Sox pitchers/acquisitions who have been poor or inconsistent. We’ve discussed all of them here, they’ve all been discussed at SOSH and numerous other boards and blogs across Red Sox Nation.
    The Red Sox have numerous flaws and numerous injuries. The combination is not good, and was in full view last week. Nevertheless, the Red Sox are one game back of the Yankees — also with significant flaws and significant injuries — and two back of Chicago — clearly not flawless this year.
    To cite the Red Sox’s flaws and injuries as the sole grounds for missing the playoffs is just as incomplete a look at the siituation as looking only at this three-game sweep as a reason for them to make the playoffs. The Sox didn’t play like a playoff-bound team last week. They played more like one this weekend. My various mood swings aside, I do think there’s reason for optimism about this team, just as the reasons for pessimism are quite clear.
    All that to say: As a fan, it just feels a lot better to be playing the Tigers and Yankees with a three-game win streak behind you, rather than a disastrous 21-game stretch behind you.

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 4:06 pm
  • Just wanted to throw two cents worth in — should be a very interesting next eight games.

    Irv SF August 14, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • FWIW, Sox have called up Craig Breslow and sent down Corky Miller. Good move for a tired bullpen.

    Paul SF August 14, 2006, 4:35 pm
  • Jeter smells like “a blend of crushed leaves, black pepper, chilled grapefruit, rhubarb, lavender, spearmint, bamboo, driftwood and oak moss.”
    Ortiz smells like victory.

    LoclandSF August 14, 2006, 4:44 pm
  • Sorry, I know that last comment doesn’t add anything, I just love it.

    LoclandSF August 14, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • Interesting site about Postseason Odds:

    Bozo August 14, 2006, 4:45 pm
  • Ortiz tasted victory once, Jeter’s full from tastings. Read that before, Todd.

    Anonymous August 14, 2006, 4:49 pm
  • This is getting very kinky and disturbing (the tasting discussion)…

    yankeemonkey August 14, 2006, 5:28 pm
  • “Jeter’s full from tastings”
    I can see why that comment was made anonymously. Don’t they have other kinds of websites for that kind of material?

    Tom sf August 14, 2006, 6:59 pm

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