Sawx season on the line tonight
After 161 games the Boston Red Sox season rests tonight on the shaky left arm of Jon Lester. Lose tonight and this team reverts to its 20th century history as chokers who bring their fans to the Mountain of victory only to dump them into the Valley of defeat.
Lose tonight and the season probably ends. A win would seal at least a chance of post-season pride by sending the sawx to on-game playoff (playin) in Tampa against the Rays, assuming the Rays win also and the two teams are tied. It would be the first one-game Sox playoff since the 1978 debacle against the Evil Empire (aka New York Yankees) that ended when a banjo-hitting infielder with the improbable name of Bucky (bleeping) Dent lifted a home run into the netting that used to hang above the Green Monster in left field.
In the early part of the season, Lester was one of baseball’s best pitchers. But in his last four starts he is 1-3 with an ERA kissing 7.00.
The 2011 edition of the Red Sox can set records for a September swoon. The overpaid and underachieving boys of 2011 have just played awful baseball since Labor Day and reminded longtime fans that money can buy neither love nor wins.
This team is nothing like the 2004 band of gleeful idiots who in 11 giddy days in October won 8 straight games and thwarted the Yankees and the Cardinals to win the first championship for Boston in 86 years. In 2007 the Sawx won another World Series. A failure this time would not be as drastic as the 20th Century legacy of futility, which lasted from 1918 until 2004.
In the 20th century, the Sawx went to the World Series four times since the end of World War II, losing I seven games in 1946, 1967, 1975 and 1986.
Not all the sawx are blowing it. Jacoby Ellsbury has been a hero in the late going but his teammates have not been so well. And as far as the money goes, well, some of the players the sawx have spent so lavishly for have not stepped up, including Carl Crawford, J.D. Drew, John Lackey and Dice-K.