I thought I was negative, and I have posted that Im a hard core cynic, but am legitimately shocked by some of the garbage Ive seen on here this morning. Anyway, Ive been harder on this team than just about anyone this summer, and have not been a full fledged believer, until NOW. There were three primary areas of concern for me as we came down to the last month.
1. A September collapse like 2011 that left us out of the playoffs. Now I never did really see this happening, but the ghost of it was always there in the background. This did not happen, test passed. Check.
2. A September swoon just bad enough to cost us home field advantage. This would have been damaging, especially considering how tenuous those games at Tampa Bay ended up being. But, this did not happen, test passed. Check.
3. A first round knockout against a low seed, and this seemed especially threatening considering who we ended up drawing in the opening round. This did not happen. We beat Moore, we beat Price, and whats more, in the clinching game beat the Rays at their own "well pitched, scratch out runs on chink hits" game. We out-Tropicana'd them in their own house. Blow kisses like IVC, and on to victory. Test passed. Check.
So now, I am happy with this team's accomplishments, they have done so much more than we ever expected. I am done griping and doubting. Make no mistake, if they lose to Detroit or Oakland I will be disappointed, but not ticked off and disillusioned the way I might have been if one of these three had taken place. So for me, this season has been mostly fun, and is a success no matter what happens from now on, because they have proven to me that even if they dont win it all they also wont CHOCK like chumps, and if they die, they will die facing the enemy at their post of duty. This is all we can ask for. The only thing left that might annoy me in a major way is losing the World Series to St. Louis or Carl Crawford's hooligans, or blowing a 3-0/3-1 lead in a series. But even that isnt as bad as the disasters listed above. Other than that, we're good, but I feel like we may take the whole thing no matter who we play. Win or lose, I fear no team. Go Red Sox!