It's time for the Red Sox to take off the gloves and end the Rays run. (Samara Pearlstein Photo)
So here we are, mere hours away from yet another ALCS for the Boston Red Sox, and from a fans vantage point it just doesn't get any better then this. Playing for the right to play in the World Series is beyond exciting, and is the ultimate goal for both the player and the fan alike. And to think, people used to tell us that after the Red Sox "finally won it all" we'd all become disenfranchised and not care about the team as much anymore. I'm pretty certain that the opposite has happened since, wouldn't you?
As far as this series is concerned I'm feeling anxious, yet confident in the Red Sox and their chances. I believe that we just beat the most talented team in the playoffs in the Angels, and we were tested each and every step of the way by them. I truly believe this is finally the time when the Sox are going to pull some mind game voodoo over the Rays. Look at the Sox kind of like an older brother, no matter how talented or whatnot the younger brother is, the older always has a slight mental edge over them. Shoot, I'm the youngest in my family, and I've had my fair share of wins, but I never won the first time.
The experts are all wet down below over the Rays, and for good reason, they're a great team. But trust me, the playoffs have nothing to do with the regular season, just ask the LA Angels about that. Much like Game 1 in the ALDS, I think tonight sets the tone for the rest of the series, and if we can pull off a win tonight you'll start to see the Rays think maybe a little too much with an error here, and error there. A base running gaff here and mistake there... They've cleared every hurdle that's been in front of them thus far but the pressure is finally going to mount (I hope). Playing an ALDS against a bad White Sox team is a hell of a lot different then an ALCS against the Right Sox. My head says Sox in 6, but my heart says Sox in 5, and that's what I'm sticking with.
Let Go Sox!