Jason Bay looks like a lot of Sox fans last night. (AP Photo)
The word painful often comes to mind. Numb could be close behind too I guess. Déjà Vu's also right there come to think of it. <takes breath> What I'm trying to get at here is this, being down isn't necessarily foreign ground for the Sox or us fans, but it certainly isn't welcome ground. Being down 3-1 the way we are now just doesn't seem right. Like a rotten sour milk taste in the mouth. Bitter, but nothing's sweet. The Red Sox are looking old and hurt, and the Rays are looking young and hyped. The difference between both clubs demeanor is night and day.
The Rays are cool and calm, the Sox are cool and cold. Last night I missed the first four innings due to a softball engagement (we won...mercy rule) and when I turned on EEI and heard...
"Masterson delivers the ball...."
...spew out of Joe Castiglione's mouth I knew the night's good start from softball was just a blip on the radar screen.
The strangest thing about the game, and the previous few, is that it was such an impervious beating by the Rays that you became indifferent eventually. Me and my friends were just laughing and hi-fiving any hit the Sox obtained. When David Ortiz hit that you triple you damn well would have believed that the Sox just won the game. It was odd, and looking back I can see we were completely masking the feeling we truly had. Sadness.
With all the injuries the Sox have I wouldn't have been shocked to see them lose this series, but my oh my, this is some way to lose it. I was all but lost on hope when Krazy Kris pulled me right back in there.
He turned to me and said, "Dude, we got Dice-K in Game 5...."
And then it clicked...
If Dice-K can win Game 5, then you have yourself an angry Beckett out to prove himself in Game 6, and likewise by Lester in Game 7. Call me delusional, or call me crazy, I'm fine with either. But call me anything but a Sox fan and I'll be offended, because i think we can win the 2008 ALCS. Tito kept saying this is a seven game series right? So lets make it one.
27 outs left for us, lets be smart with them.