Anyone who knows me also knows that no one can sanely use the words “sports” and “calm” in the same sentence about me. I’m just an uptight guy when it comes to sports, especially when my team is involved (before you post a comment with a wise crack about not being just with sports, consider that I’ve gotten a lot better in the last few years and anything you say might interrupt my therapy). Funny enough, while I’m definitely disappointed about the Red Sox losing three in a row in the ALCS, I’m not that upset about it. While analyzing this strange fact, I came up with my list of reasons. These rationalizations have helped me, perhaps they can do the same other members of Red Sox Nation.
- The Rockies are on a tear and will, most likely, beat either AL team in the World Series – no one remembers who came in second place anyway.
- Other than a small implosion in pitching, the Sox aren’t playing that badly. It’s not like they’re collapsing under the pressure, which would be really depressing.
- The Indians, on the other hand, are playing outstanding baseball. Their number 9 hitter has two home runs in this series (see item #2), their fielding has been great and their pitching, fantastic. Getting beaten by a better team or, at least, one that is playing better, is a lot better than losing when you should win.
- The Patriots are doing great. Closing my eyes and thinking about a 60-yard Brady-to-Moss hookup in the end zone washes away the depression when the Sox get behind by 7 runs in a game.
- The Celtics’ and Bruins’ seasons are starting. While both teams have sucked in the last few years, there’s always promise in a new season, especially when both teams have loaded up with new players.
- The Yankees lost in the first round of the playoffs . . . again. While the Yankees losing isn’t as good as the Red Sox winning, it sure makes the situation easier to deal with and is worthy of a celebration all on its own.
Yeah, sure. It’s not over yet. The Red Sox were down 3-0 to the Yankees a few years ago and came back. It could happen. Cleveland looks really good, though, and it doesn’t seem like Sox pitching (other than Josh Beckett) can hold up its end of the defensive deal. I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna laminate the list above and recite it to myself to keep my blood pressure in check.