History In the Making – The Boston Red Sox, 2013

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The Red Sox, this month are unstoppable. With the 20-4 massacre at Fenway against the Tigers and the extra inning 12-8 defeat at Yankees Stadium you could say, they got game. Things have been happening. Things are happening. In light of the 2011-2012 seasons the Red Sox are back and they are not letting up.  They are on a mission to make history whenever and wherever possible. Could it be the most eventful comeback in baseball history? What would the world (and all those season’s ticket holders of previous years who gave up their tickets, devastated by the 2012 loss) think if that were the case? Now, that would be devastation. Not only, but so much has happened leading up to this month.  The beloved David Ortiz recently achieved his 2,000th career hit the night the Red Sox pummeled the Tigers in a record-breaking 20 run game.  Daniel Nava, in his stellar performances at bat has proven he’s no rookie this season and has appeared on base 39 consecutive times (this hasn’t been done since 1977), and Clay Buchholtz and his wife just had a baby girl. Okay so it’s not necessarily history but congratulations Clay!

This is a lot different than the 2011-2012 seasons, “making history” for the Boston Red Sox. Instead of being the worst in history, our team is making the best in history. This is the kind of history we love to hear about and praise as diehard Sox fans. Who knew this year was going to be such a success when it came to the Boston Red Sox? Although I had faith and still have faith in my team there are those amongst the crowd of Bostonians who believe, to this day, (September or not) the Sox still have room to fail and not make it.  That’s blasphemy in my opinion.  They’re too strong of a team to all of a sudden pummel and lose their footing last minute.  The tables have turned and teams are now being threatened by the Red Sox’ ability to perform under any circumstance and September has proved just how strong they are.

Looking back on the season, there are a lot of great memories and moments that have kept the team alive; first and foremost, the hiring of manager John Farrell. (He deserves a round of applause). What about the Boston Marathon bombings and David Ortiz’ speech their first game back? Then there was Lackey’s biceps strain and Middlebrooks’ demotion.  Did we forget about the most talked up rookie in baseball, Jackey Bradley Jr.? Who can forget about Ortiz’ outrage and Dempster’s suspension? When all is said and done, the Boston Red Sox have pulled through and that, my friends, is what makes this team so cohesive and able to go the distance.

We (the Boston Red Sox) truly are the champions.

Red Sox and September…Time to Worry?

red sox and september

Is Papi worried, too?

I’m worried about two things: the Red Sox and September. There I said it. I looked over at the schedule that I have posted in my office and saw the teams the Red Sox are playing. The teams include Detroit, Tampa Bay, New York and Baltimore. They have their work cut out for them.

The wild card is still possible even with the Yankees surging. They have a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time. The Rays are the real concern, though. In looking at their schedule it doesn’t appear as demanding as Boston’s schedule. They play the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle, Minnesota, Boston, New York, and Toronto with one Monday off.  Many games, true, but there are not many challenging teams. Boston, New York, and Toronto are the only threats I see.

Is it time to start panicking, or should we wait another week, like say, after we play Baltimore?  We are Bostonians. We will begin to freak out at some point. It is just a matter of when. The piece of information that provides me with some hope is the off days. The players will need these Mondays to rest. The Rays do not have that on their side.

What do you think will happen in September?