The Red Sox Playoffs begin tonight, with all eyes & hope on Jon Lester's arm.
It's been written to an exhausting degree I know, but you have to tip your cap to the 2010 Boston Red Sox and their ability to endure and stay relevant in the playoff race, even if that relevancy hangs by a lonely baseball thread. Maybe us Royal Rooters of Boston have been tricking ourselves during these dog days, where despite all the reason, we've stood steadfast by our team, holding onto hope. And the players on the field have honorably done the same. There have not been any season changing win streaks where they've gone on a run and pulled out 11 of 13 wins. However, on the flip-side of that, there's been no major losing streaks either, and when looking across the baseball landscape the ailing Sox have been as steady as they come.
As I tweeted earlier this week, the Red Sox are tied for the fifth best winning percentage in all of MLB at .570. Yes I understand that two of those teams ahead of the Sox are in their own division, but still, you can't scoff at hard numbers like that. Despite the lack of major moves by management, along with the DL plague that fell upon the team, they've make no excuses, and they went to battle each and everyday. Aside from the Toronto blow-out last Friday they've been in just about each game they've played in August. I'm extremely proud of this inception of the Sox, however, as Tony Mazz wrote earlier today, pats on the back will no longer be enough. The wick on the candle's getting danger low.
Treading water has been an admirable feat, but now that the final head-to-head matches against the Rays and Yankees are upon us, we have to at the very least win every series. Mazz breaks down the different scenarios really well, and all I'm looking for is two wins this weekend, and I don't find it brazzen to say that tonights game is a "must win".
If we get this first win out of the way then we may be able to ride a horse called momentum through the weekend, and after that, the final turn down the stretch truly lies before us, and the Sox could end up suprising a lot of people. The odds are stacked against the Sox for sure, but it's always more enjoyable when the 50-1 horse charges past the leaders at the wire, and if the Sox want this storybook to end happy, they need to lower their head, chomp the bit, and start their charge now.
Tonight the playoffs begin for the Red Sox, and as the dirt flies and hoofs pound, I'm still clutching the long odds and holding onto hope, as we see if momentum truly can make this final charge.