Despite what Eric Wilbur’s blog says, it is time to start worrying about the shrinking lead. Call me the ever pessimist, but I do believe the Red Sox are starting to suck. Hopefully I’ll be writing a more positive follow up next week. Yes, I agree the road schedule is probably the toughest they will face all year, but winning games no matter how easy or hard is what matters in the end. The Yankees have had the easiest schedule these past 3 or 4 weeks. One sub .500 team after another. Well, we’re in for it (maybe). Come next week, we’re either singing for joy, or singing the blues.
Maybe Wilbur is an optimistic one. I usually appreciate his articles, especially considering the other options in the Boston Sports Media. The rest of the BSM is utterly annoying and pathetic, especially that certain Schilling antagonizer. Unfortunately, I think Eric has it wrong here. He has no follow up as of yet to yesterday’s game. In fact, I don’t recall him writing too much after the Sox start to go on a stink. Convenient, no? Come on Wilbur, admit that you are just a little bit worried about the hometown team!!
As is evident, I have my doubts. While I hope the Sox come out strong from now until the end of the month, I can’t help but let history play a part in all of this. Choking is nothing new for the team. 1978 (I was wearing a Sox hat in my mother’s womb when they choked), 1986, and finally 2003. Yes, they did win it three years ago. Right, we have new management and ownership. So far, we’ve been pretty darn good, but it is always instinctual for a Red Sox fan to think the worst and hope for the best. When a team has a monumental lead of 14.5 and then diminishes it to just 5, you have to wonder if they are on the right track.
I want the division. I want 100 wins. I want the ALDS, the ALCS, and the WS. I will become more greedy the better my team is. 2004 only tempted me for more. I want the Red Sox to be known as the modern day Yankees. Yankees had the 20th Century, I want the 21st.