I have to admit that I was a little worried at the beginning of the first game with the Tampa Bay Rays. I would have preferred to face Cleveland even with all the drama of Terry Francona coming back to Boston to face his old team and his friend, John Farrell. But with two games in the win column, I’m not quite with Dan Shaughnessy and ask why we need to go to Tampa at all, but I think the Sox are going to be moving on to maybe face the Detroit Tigers.
My husband calls them the Civil War team because they look like the generals. Even the babies on the team are trying to grow a little facial hair. I heard someone, I think it was either Tim Wakefield or Dennis Eckersley describe Sox locker room conversation which includes brands of beard shampoo and conditioner. And, yes, one of them admitted the other day, it does hurt when someone tugs on it. It is this year’s gimmick and makes no more sense that the silly “Cowboy Up” Sox in 2004, but they are winning.
Do we really have to go to Tampa/St. Pete? Can’t we just forgo the formalities and let the Red Sox advance to the American League Championship Series on sheer style, dominance, karma, and duende?
The Duck Dynasty/ZZ Top/Fidel Castro Red Sox look unbeatable at this hour. They bested the fatigued Rays, 7-4, at Fenway Park again on Saturday night and will send 12-1 Clay Buchholz to the mound to finish the series Monday.
The Sox look like the best team in baseball. No team won more regular-season games (97), and the Sox have played even better in the first two games of the playoffs. They won the opener, 12-2, with every man in the lineup registering at least one hit and one run. It was more of the same Saturday night (eight of nine starters got hits) as the John Farrell All-Stars bolted to a 5-1 lead, then cruised. David Ortiz hit two monstrous home runs. In games started by Matt Moore and David Price, the Sox have 19 runs and 25 hits.
The problem is that we Sox fans know all about karma and all the things that could happen. We all remember Pedro Martinez melt down and poor Bucky Dent. Thanks why the next sentence is
It’s a little scary. Baseball is not supposed to be this easy. It’s a hard game. It’ll humble you in an instant.
But the Sox are making it look easy. They hit. They don’t make errors. They run the bases well (great takeout slide by Shane Victorino on Saturday night). They have great beards. They have a closer, Koji Uehara, who throws only strikes and can work a 1-2-3 inning while you make a three-minute egg.
There is this little note in today’s Boston Globe
Since 1995, 22 teams have fallen behind two games to none in the ALDS. Only four have come back to win the series. The last team to do it was the Red Sox in 2003 against Oakland. The Sox also did it in 1999 against Cleveland. The Rays fell behind, 2-0, to Texas in the 2010 ALDS and forced a Game 5, but lost . . .
I probably won’t be watching the game tonight since it is First Monday at Jordan Hall and time for some nice chamber music, but unless Clay Bucholz decides to have a meltdown along with the bullpen or the bats go very cold, all of which has happened this year, I expect to find out when I get home that the sox have moved on to the next round.
And while predictions are dangerous: Sox and Pirates in the Series with the Sox winning in 5.
Photograph: barry chin/globe staff
- Boston Red Sox Fan Gets Hit in Face After Failing to Catch Foul Ball (bleacherreport.com)
- Clay Buchholz ready to make his mark in postseason for the Red Sox (boston.com)
- Sox and Rays Game 2 (bostonsportsdesk.wordpress.com)
- Koji Uehara High-Fives Fans, Babies, Everyone in Sight to Celebrate Red Sox Going to Postseason (Video) (nesn.com)
- Big Papi belts 2 HRs as Red Sox open 2-0 lead (scores.espn.go.com)
- David Price Says Red Sox Have ‘Fire,’ Are One of His Favorite Teams to Watch Play (nesn.com)
- MLB wrap: Boston Red Sox go 2-0 up over Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland A’s pip Detroit Tigers in thriller (3news.co.nz)
- Roche: Red Sox The Better Team ‘On Paper’ (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Gresh & Zo: The Red Sox’s Postseason Bullpen (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Ortiz, Red Sox take 2-0 ALDS lead over Rays (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)