The 2008 Season Starts Today
It’s fascinating to see how many people have given up hope for the 2008 Red Sox. Hello, don’t you realize that the season doesn’t even BEGIN for the Red Sox until they have their backs against the wall? And have you forgotten that the Red Sox have won 7 straight elimination games in the ALCS? To win those games, they had to defeat guys like Mariano Rivera, Kevin Brown, Mike Mussina, C.C. Sabathia, and Fausto Carmona. Is it really that unthinkable to add Scott Kazmir and James Shields to this list?
And it’s fascinating to me to hear people say, “Yeah, but this time, IT’S DIFFERENT.” Really? So, when the Sox were down 3-0 to the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS (after getting pounded in game 3), you had more faith in their potential to come back? And when they were down 3-1 to the Indians in the 2007 ALCS (after getting pounded in game 4), you had more faith in their potential to come back?
Look, when the Sox are down in the ALCS, their mojo turns around. Mark Bellhorn was 1 for 12 in the first three games of the 2004 ALCS, then he went 4-14 with 2 huge home runs in games 4,5,6, and 7. Johnny Damon was 1 for 18 in the first four games, then he went 5 for 17 in the next three games, with 2 huge home runs in game 7 in Yankee Stadium. I know, these guys aren’t even HERE this time around… but it’s the same uniform, and mojo carries over from year to year.
More evidence that the Rays are about to implode came over the newswire when we learned that Joe Maddon has decided to over-manage by switching up his rotation to pitch Scott Kazmir in game 5. MISTAKE. He has just messed with his team’s mojo and he’s about to learn a valuable lesson — don’t mess with your team’s mojo. With Kazmir pitching batting practice at Fenway tonight, we’ll win game 5 and head to the Trop with momentum. The fear we saw in the Rays’ eyes in game 1 will be back for games 6 and 7, and Beckett and Lester don’t lose big games. Good luck next year, Tampa Bay.
Am I the only one who is predicting the Red Sox will win their next three games? Are people so worried about their reputations, so obsessed with statistical probabilities (the chances of winning three in a row against an equal opponent is one in eight), so ignorant of what REALLY matters (mojo) that they have truly jumped ship?
Red Sox Nation, history has shown that Boston baseball memories don’t begin to be manufactured until TODAY, when the Red Sox MUST win. Buckle your seatbelt. If you can get a ticket, get your butt to Fenway. The 2008 Red Sox season is about to begin.
Sox in 7, then it’s bring on the Phillies.
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I agree with you whole heartedly. Oh, Joe Maddon, what a mistake hath he made.
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Great article, VP! Thank you for this! As our way to show the nation that we are STILL in this and REFUSE to surrender…WEAR RED TO TONIGHT’s GAME!! And if you’re not coming to Fenway…WEAR RED ANYWAYS! Spread the word…it’s RED THURSDAY!! Go SOX!!
Hey, I like your blog, especially your latest article. It’s crazy that Red Sox fans are giving up faith and what not, leaving Fenway Park early… Anyway, your question about is anyone predicting some crazy comeback? Here’s my answer, I’m not predicting anything. I’m going to focus one game at a time. In 2004, Jason Varitek gave this crazy rally cry speech type of thing (whatever you want to call it) about how we’ve got to break it down to nine innings, and even further to just pitch by pitch. And I think that’s really important. Last year (October 16, 2007) Dustin Pedroia said that we need to focus on game 5, if we focus on games 6 and 7, then we won’t win game 5. I think that’s a good mentality.
All I can say, is that I believe, and I will always believe regardless of what happens tonight.
-redsoxgirl46 (check the most recent blog entry for more quotes and my little rant on belief).
Believers unite! The season continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!