The body language of Aceves and Ortiz tells it all. (AP Photo)
"I’ve been here nine years. We’ve never collapsed that bad. Trust me, we’ve been through some tough times. But this is bad." - David Ortiz - Via Pete Abraham's Twitter
Some quick thoughts on a desolate and rainy day in Red Sox Nation:
- Where are the Team Leaders? - I love Big Papi, he's always expressed his honest opinion to the media along with having empathy for the fans. He gets it, and doesn't skirt the responsibility he has as a player and leader on this Team. This all said, why have we not heard about a closed door players meeting yet? I agree with Papi's sentiments about Aceves needing to start, but why is he going around Tito in expressing this? The Team is disjointed with no cohesion and water is starting to pour through the cracks. From Tito, to Papi, to Pedroia, to Beckett - someone needs to step up and NOW. It feels like everyone is waiting for someone else to be a leader. Papi's trying, and we at least know he cares by the above quote - but they all look like a lost kid in a Super Market, wide eyed, scared, and looking for help.
- Carl Crawford is the Key to October - If the Red Sox didn't cough up the lead last night Crawford's play would have been the lead story for every newspaper and blog that covers the Sox. His atrocious season is the biggest mystery of them all for Boston, and I just don't buy into the fact that he's all of a sudden "lost it". He still puts in the work and has all the potential in the world to be the player he's being paid to be, unlike say...Lackey. The reason I'm saying Crawford's the key is because I've thrown the white flag on expecting any results out of our pitching staff. If our ace can't shut down the Orioles in a must win game then we're in big, big trouble. We're going to need to score 6+ runs per game just to be in games from here on out. These are just the facts, and we now have to live with them. The Red Sox are not going to win a 2-1 game, believe that. That's why they need Crawford so bad. The expectations on him are so low, that if he actually starts playing like the All Star he was it could really boost this offense with a lot of confidence, and boy do they need that.
- Give Me A Break Michael Felger - Look - I'm not a huge fan of the "Sweet Caroline" tradition, and I do agree that Fenway Park's turned into more of a tourist attraction than Ballpark - but blaming a few pink hats on the Red Sox collapse is such a joke it's not even funny. You know who you are Felger? The poor man's Dan Shaughnessy, but at least he has talent. You try to be the black hat in the Boston Media, and you fail tremendously at it. People don't disagree with you because of your opinions - people disagree with you because you're a dick.
- Depression - I haven't felt like this as a Red Sox fan since being down 0-3 in the 2004 ALCS, it really does feel hopeless. Last year there was no collapse, we had a shit ton more injuries, and at the very least we had a bunch of unsung MLB rejects and Triple A dudes busting their asses. This year it's different. It's absolutely pathetic that the Yankees of all people are the ones enabling the Sox to stay in the race, shit - they helped us extend our lead despite losing yesterday. Some pretty dark times have descended in Mudville, dark times indeed.