The Sox are done. Maybe not officially, mathematically , but they are done. It is almost as if Dustin Pedroia’s surgery took the air out of the last tire. And I don’t think we can blame Hurricane Earl for the double header loss. I was hoping that they could stay close enough to the Rays and Yankees to take advantage of any collapse, but I don’t think that is to be.
They didn’t have a bad season, just a not so good a season for the Red Sox since they broke the Curse.
I know that everyone will blame Theo Epstein and management for not making trades, but deep down everyone knows that wouldn’t have been the answer. No one counted on all the injuries. (It is now reported that Mike Lowell has been playing with injured ribs.) Epstein is in it for the long term and the young kids, the Navas, McDonalds (even if he isn’t all that young he’s pretty much a rookie), and the guys in Pawtucket, Portland and Lowell are the future. Of course, in a couple of years if things don’t bounce back, then we can say Theo was wrong.
Well that was quite a day for the Red Sox.• First doubleheader sweep since dropping a twinbill to the Yankees on Aug. 18, 2006.
• Fewest runs in a doubleheader since losing 5-1 and 2-1 against Kansas City on July 16, 1976.
• They were 13 of 67 at the plate including 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.
There will be much written about the season, but this picture kinda says it all.
We can only hope that the Sox stay professional and win a respectable number of the games remaining. Over .500 would be nice. But we know for sure that next year’s Sox will look very different.
Get healthy, guys! As they used to say in Brooklyn, “Wait until next year!”