Re: No Playoffs 4 out of the 5 Past Years
posted at 7/15/2014 5:26 PM EDT
In response to SinceYaz's comment:
2010 - No playoffs
2011 - No playoffs
2012 - No playoffs
2013 - Championship
2014 - No playoffs
Oh for Pete's sake. You may as well be a freakin' Yanqui fan. Your sense of being owed a great team all the time is just as deranged and distasteful as those pinstriped baffoons that think they somehow deserve to be in the lime light all the time. It's at the core of our displeasure when it comes down to "The Rivalry."
At my first ever game at Yanqui Stadium, fans wore t-shirts that said, "Got Rings?" and marched the sacred number of their team out against the relatively few the Red Sox have. Sour grapes, CUZ WE GOT THE RING right now. Sure, we might not have it again for a while, but I am not forgetting the fact that in my mid-life, the crisis is not a Red Sox shortage but for the first time since almost 100 years, WE have MORE than THEY do. As a matter of fact, WE HAVE MORE THAN ANYONE HAS since the day we broke through that incredible barrier.
Yup, you guessed it, as another one posted, the apologist WILL BE AN APOLOGIST and enjoy the last decade for all it is worth.
Yanqui fans satisfied themselves with the 2004 WSC as a fluke. Then came the next one soon on it's heals. But our aggressive and "Yanqi-esque" fans weren't happy, just bitter we didn't win more. Any number said we weren't a good team. Any number were sure it would be the life of the Grand Canyon again before those morons in the front office got it right again, because OBVIOUSLY they didn't know what the hey they were doing. 2 crowns in four seasons ... BUT WE SHOULD HAVE HAD MORE. Then chicken and beer and Bobby V and so many vultures fed on the disaster.
And now the third fluke. Damn it all ... how did that work? A third crown in 10 seasons. And HOW MANY in my entire life time ... no wait, MY FATHER'S LIFE TIME. Heck, I was only 48. Dad was 87. Yup ... born in 1917. That is pretty close to that 1918 that hung on Fenway's wall forever. Hmmm ... I wonder why I'm not so freakin' critical when my Red Sox have been near the top for a decade.
We've earned our stripes. We've made the long, painful run through the ages of near misses and complete bombs. Ask any of us before 2003 if we would not have been grateful beyond words to finally make it over the hump! Heck, we were writing BOOKS about it. Even the famous ones of us.
No, I'm not saying that this has been a fun season. Far from it. It has even been painful, but I still believe if our bats wake up we have a chance to take the East. After that, who knows. We have some pretty good pitching.
Nava has made a rebound. Pedey's hand is well and his BA is up 20 plus points since then. Papi's got 20 dingers and on the pace for over a 100 rbis (sure point out he's batting .250. He's also a streak hitter and when the light's up, watch out!) Who knows if we'll see Vic again, but he could be valuable during the last half. Oh, did I mention, did you see, that "Day to Day" Clay just threw a full game donut with 12 K's and 0 BBs .... What if he's back in form?
Then the kids. My what fun!
Yeah. Apologist here. GOT MY RED SOX ON MY PAJAMAS AND ANYWHERE ELSE you wish to see it - or not. Buried Dad after then first two WC crowns. With a Red Sox cap and ball in the casket. Too bad he missed this turn with these bums.
NO PLAYOFFS IN 3 OUR OF 4 ... BUT HOT D"MN THAT ONE WAS THE BIG ONE!!!! And even if your prognostication is right, nothing has changed to the over all pleasure that being a Sox fan. And even if we had not won 3 in 10, I'd be in anyone's face that the Sox are great.
Sheeeees .... what the heck are you really expecting? This is baseball. Hot streaks, new talent all around the bigs, cold streaks, injuries, free agency, so established talent moving hither and yon. There aren't any promises. Except that I'll be there pulling for them NO MATTER WHAT.
Let me ask you guys this. After doubting the Sox would even break .500 last year, after doubting they would win a playoff series against all the other DESERVING playoff teams, after taming the terrible Tigers with their dominant starters and their thunderous batting line up, and then after taking on the favored Cards and their unbeatable pitching staff ... knowing all season long that they were just a step away from becoming the "real" loser Red Sox ... DID YOU EVER ACTUALLY ENJOY THE SEASON? Or were you so sure that the sky was falling and we would end in embarrassment that you never got to have fun?
Heck, even this terrible half season has had fun moments. But you guys - you sour guys - that can never be happy about the sun rising or the moon keeping the tides on time .... WHEN THE HECK WILL YOU EASE UP AND ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE ENJOYED THIS LAST DECADE?
I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. Honest. Very few teams have had the run we have had since the arrival of Pedro and Manny and Papi and Pedey and Mr. Bloody Sock and ... and...and ...and ..... It's been a heck of a run and ... YOU CRY LIKE SOMEONE STOLE YOUR FAVORITE COMIC BOOK.
What would you be doing if we HAD NOT come back from being beaten 19-0 in game three and being down 0-3 in, if Davey had not stolen THE BASE? OR any of the other GREAT STUFF?
4 4 11 .... figure it out.
Hint, 3 4 10.
A standing ovation for this post, SinceYaz., and for the 2004, 2007, and 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.
And I won't stop cheering until you come out of the dugout and tip your well-seasoned Red Sox cap to chatboard.