I guess first and foremost I'd like to congratulate the Chicago White Sox and their fans. The Red Sox have had more success in the past century, however we certainly understand the underdog role as well as the joy of advancing in the playoffs. The White Sox were the better, hungrier team in this series, and I guess I’ll root for them to do well now.
I was at my favorite haunt, the Avenue in Allston, and moved down to the basement for the last few innings. There was virtually no-one down there, and I as they said in ‘Donnie Darko’, “Everybody Dies Alone”. I may be being a little dramatic, but you get the point. I knew that Game 3 was over before it was even close to ending and my mind was racing on why’s, how’s and what-if’s with everything that has happened with the team over the past three seasons.
This playoff exit hurt, but not nearly as much as how it used to feel. It was more of an official recognition that the 2004 season was over. Seems kind of silly huh? But you couldn’t read or watch anything put together by the national media that didn’t constantly compare the two teams, which isn’t necessarily bad I guess. The saddest thing for me was realizing that a lot of my favorite players on the team may not be back next year. This 2005 seemed sort of like a last hurrah for the past three seasons, and I feel like the faces/faces of the Red Sox organization may be shifting gears over the next few months. Manny, Damon, Mueller, Millar, and Timlin are the big five in my mind, and out of the five, I’d only expect one of them to be coming back. That’s all talk for the off-season (which is now) but talking Sox still upsets me a bit.
I’m on a weeklong ban from ESPN and the like, and the only sports I’ll allow myself to watch are the NFL, and Bruins. I’ll pick it up after that, it’s just a really disappointing feeling right now.
I also know it’s a very Boston thing to point fingers at people and talk loud about who did what wrong etc. But you won’t find that here. We finished with 95 wins in the regular season among a lot of controversy and adversity. 95 wins is a great accomplishment, do not forget that. And the Red Sox could have very easily won either game 2 or 3 of the ALDS, but they didn’t. The one thing I’m hopeful for is that our current ownership and leadership will give us the opportunity every year to be in the playoffs. The Yawkey years of the Sox being out of the playoffs for great lengths of time are over, and with the Sox finally spending money, and spending it right, there’s no excuse for having bad teams.
In the next few days I’ll be reviewing the 2005 campaign, but for now I’ll thank the Red Sox for another entertaining season, and once again congratulate the White Sox for a well-deserved series win.