Wednesday, September 10, 2008

No Hurt in My Pain

Games 143 & 144 – Red Sox

Red Sox 3, Rays 0
Rays 5, Red Sox 4
Record: 85-59

“You can debate several aspects of this game. Bottom line is it was a modest cockpunch, albeit one that you can recover from.”
SoSHer Jack Brohammer Experience sums up last night’s loss more succinctly than I’d planned to, supposing that I had the time to compile a coherent summation. Read the past, oh, two months worth of my efforts and judge for yourself the odds of such coherence. About as long as the odds of John McCain telling the truth at some point today.

Fact is, last night’s result is a much greater boon to Tampa than bane to the Sox. The psychological trauma associated with giving up first place might well have significantly damaged the young Rays. The Sox, eh, they’re still 6 games up in the Wild Card race with 18 to play. Nothing’s assured (see New York Mets circa 2007 for Exhibit A), but the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments is to date happening at low levels of intensity.

Except when Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches. Lord, have mercy and pass the Jon Lester.

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