Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

These thoughts will be gone when you're dead

Billy Traber making a PawSox fan very happy.  Photo by Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

Billy Traber making a PawSox fan very happy. Photo by Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

That guy in the photo above is Billy Traber.  Red Sox fans should probably be thanking him today.  Sure the Sox ended up coming back with six runs but John Smoltz allowed eight.  What Traber did was save the bullpen from John Smoltz while probably taking a major hit to his own ego.  The absolute definition of taking one for the team.

If you read any of the Boston sports sites today, be prepared to read about how last night’s game spells the end for the Red Sox.   Just from reading the headlines at Boston.com I literally laughed out loud.  Hey, last night sucked and there’s no way to sugarcoat that.  But CHB (who wrote “They’re sinking in the AL East.”, Amalie Benjamin (who wrote “…a night that could mean an early end to their season”) and Tony Massarotti (whose article about Jed Lowrie’s injury worries the Sox might have a problem at shortstop.  Gee, Tony, took you this long to figure that one out?) all write like people wanting to make the Red Sox fans panic and turn on their team.  Honestly, that was my first thought – “Here come the stories about how the Red Sox are a embarrassment and Theo hasn’t done enough with the team and oh don’t we miss Kotsay and Lugo now!”.  An obvious want to trash the team (possibly coming from John Henry’s admonishing them for their Papi coverage?) is there.

There are no guarantees in life.  You root for your team and you hope they play well.  When they don’t it’s lousy and sometimes (like last night) even painful.  But guess what?  Until the end of September (or October if you’re lucky) there’s always another game to watch and hope they do well.  Last time I checked, not only were there 55 more games to go in the regular season and three more to go in this series.  Nothing is written in stone and just because we’re Red Sox fans that doesn’t give us an automatic trip to the playoffs.  There are definitely concerns.  I hope Lowrie isn’t hurt too badly.  Ditto for Bay and Drew.  I also hope whatever Papi has to say on Saturday takes some of the pressure off the team from dealing with the press on the PED stuff.  But I’m not even CLOSE to “worrying” about where this team will land in October.  It’s fun for the hacks to torture the fans, especially during a Yankees series, but I have no interest in reading that crap or spreading it (well, I guess I did spread it here a little but that was just to save you all from reading it in full over at boston.com and wanting to gouge your eyes out).

Beckett v Burnett at 7:05 tonight.  I like the looks of this one.

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August 7, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 | ,

9 Comments »

  1. I love that picture of Billy Traber!
    Not only are there 3 more games in this series but there’s another 6 games against the Yankees before the season is over.
    Still lots of baseball to be played and the Sox are sitting in the wild card spot right now. Not too shabby, IMO.

    Comment by Brenken | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. I’m of the opinion that the sports writers check in fan forums, blogs and the like, take the temperature of the fans and then whip up their pieces.

    Expecting any wag to write about the positives has as much chance happening as Imelda Marcos going barefoot.

    Tonight, they go again.

    Comment by Tru | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’m all right with them not writing a sun-shiney, rainbow-filled article the day after such a crappy game. It just seems that today the Globe took it to a new level with their “the sky is falling” approach. I’m genuinely disappointed in Amalie’s piece specifically. I thought she was better than that.

    And I love the Traber photo too. Made it bigger than how I usually post pics because I wanted folks to really see it and realize there’s more behind him than just a bad night at Yankee Stadium.

    Comment by Cyn | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. This is some of the worst writing Ive ever seen. And the Sawx are in deep, deep trouble. Bay wont be back for the rest of the series, Papi can’t hit, Ellsbury looks lost, this team is in disarray right now.Beckett needs to pitch essentially a mistake-free game tonight, and don’t forget, A.J. Burnett has turned it up since the last time these teams played, and he has been generally looking very good. If Beckett cant put up a shut-down performance, I see the Yankees taking this – and the matchups on Saturday and Sunday are not pretty for Boston.

    Comment by Adam | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  5. Well said. I prefer to take the “what you’re writing is actually completely unreasonable” approach to the sports media, but telling them all to shove it and stop making every game a season is just as good.

    Comment by Eric | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  6. While I certainly appreciate Cyn’s viewpoint and the fact that she did save me from having to go over to Boston.com to read what they wrote, I am having trouble keeping the faith. I must confess that I break down and panic right around this time every year although this year there are real issues to be concerned with (although I think this every year too). While I’m not the only one, it is refreshing to read that not everyone is on the doomsday bandwagon. I will believe. I will believe. (Repeating this 100 times over or until it becomes fact.)

    Comment by Kfish | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  7. Cyn, you do realize that on the new schedule the season ends August 9, right? Then we play 52 exhibition games before the postseason starts. And we’re only leading the wild card race by 2 games, so we COULD be out of it entirely come Monday! This is serious stuff!

    The Sox may have some problems right now, but come on, the Yankees just traded for Chad Gaudin (who is perhaps not Jake Peavy) and have Sergio Mitre as their fifth starter. Think there’s a chance they’ll have some issues down the stretch?

    Comment by KellyO | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  8. There’s much to consider about playing the Yankees. No doubt, they’ve amped it up since the ASG, and instead of 3 1/2 in front, we’re 3 1/2 behind. The Sox slumped since July going into this month, and gee, we’re done?

    And as KellyO points out, it’s not as though NY is in pristine shape. Joba, who walked 7 in 5IP was able to wiggle out of trouble, which is to his credit. Yet, he’s now in unchartered waters, as he has thrown more pitches, logged more innings than ever before. This will be a serious test of his stamina, and of course, NY recognizes this, hence the move to get more pitching; Joba will be rested more.

    So while Smoltz has not been able to deliver as hoped for, and others went down, the Red Sox have been here and done that before.

    More to play, more to see, and nope, it ain’t over.

    Comment by Tru | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  9. Cyn, I know you saw my picture of Rakes and Billy Traber; he’ll always be a favorite in my household.

    The bridge jumpers and the knee jerkers are driving me nuts. I only got on ESPN.com today, nothing else.

    Comment by Ted | August 7, 2009 | Reply


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