Please disregard my last posting on this blog. I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote it. My wife was right. I was being naïve and irrational. I just couldn’t...or wouldn’t...accept the reality that was right there in front of me.
That is now a thing of the past. I am ready to face the cold, hard facts that the 2012 season for the Boston Red Sox is over. Done. Finis. Kaput.
Why, you ask, am I throwing in the towel on my beloved Sox with six weeks yet left in the season? Just what happened to make me finally see that my cautious optimism in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary was misplaced? That’s an excellent question and I’m going to tell you why right now.
Last night the Red Sox scored 13 runs in a game against the Los Angeles Angels. Unlike the sports of football and basketball, 13 runs (or as my wife likes to call them, “points”) is a lot of runs (or points) for a baseball team to score. Yet incredibly, the Sox somehow managed to score all those runs and still lose the game.
Yesterday I was in Santa Ana, CA on business and last night I flew from there to San Francisco and then took the red-eye flight from San Francisco to Boston. When I boarded my flight in Santa Ana, the Red Sox were beating up on the Angels, leading 6 to zip. But it was only the end of the second inning when I took my seat on the plane, and with the 2012 Boston Red Sox, having a six run lead that early in the game is not a slam dunk. Oh wait, wrong sport.
Still, I thought to myself, “Oh good, maybe the Sox, who lost the first two games of this three game series with the Angels, will avoid being swept.” But by the time the plane landed in San Francisco it was the bottom of the seventh inning and the game was all knotted up, 9 to 9. My thoughts went from “Oh good” to “WTF.”
As I waited in the gate area at the San Francisco airport for my flight to Boston to start boarding, I “watched” the game on my BlackBerry. (No, I still haven’t swapped my BlackBerry for an iPhone. Soon, though.) The Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take an 11 to 9 lead into the final inning. My thoughts reverted back from “WTF” to “oh good.”
But then the Angels scored three runs in the top of the ninth to regain the lead. Back to “WTF.” The Sox came to bat in the bottom of the ninth and managed to tie the game again, thanks to a solo home run by former San Francisco Giant, Cody Ross. His blast sent the game into extra innings.
You know what happened next, right? The Angels scored two more runs in the top of the tenth. And though the Red Sox managed to score one run in the bottom of the tenth, it was not enough. They lost. Again. They squandered an early 6-0 lead. They blew a late 11-9 lead. And then they blew the game in the tenth.
So that’s it. For me, baseball in 2012 is over. But of course, I’ll be back next spring, eager for the brand new baseball season to get under way and for my beloved Red Sox to go all the way to the World Series in the fall.
Sure, maybe I’m naïve, irrational, and unrealistically optimistic. But I’m a fan. A Boston Red Sox fan.
P.S. The New England Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl in 2013. You saw it first right here on my blog.