Yesterday an underground pipe ruptured, cutting off drinking water to two million people in the Boston area. A “boil-water” order was put in effect. It gives new meaning to Red Sox fan’s favorite song “Dirty Water,” by The Standells. If you have never been to Fenway Park, immediately following a Red Sox win, they play “Dirty Water.” I have been to five games this season and have only heard the song once! The Sox are 5-8 at home which is shocking because winning at home is what they do. What I worry about most is The Standells. They are probably scurrying to land 2nd jobs because the income they receive from royalties is scarce.
The Red Sox can’t even use the “Dirty Water” as an excuse because they were on the road. They started off the week in Toronto giving all the fans some hope and a glimpse of what it’s like to win again. Notice I said “glimpse.”
The Red Sox swept Toronto. Why? GREAT Pitching. Clay Buchholz pitched a gem last Tuesday. He went 8 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 walks and only 1 run. If you told me that Clay would be the Sox ace I would not have jumped on board. Only he and Lackey have earned 2 wins and he has the lowest ERA of 2.19 of all the starters. Jon Lester finally was back to true form on Wednesday. He pitched 7 shutout innings, while striking out 11 for the win. He entered the game with an ERA of 6.23 and by the end brought it down to 4.71.
Over the weekend the Red Sox were swept by Baltimore. Why? POOR Pitching. Daisuke Matsuzaka made his first appearance of the year. He took one hitter and a 4-1 lead into the 5th before everything unraveled. Sound familiar? Every single game he has a terrible inning!! When will this ever change?
At the moment, the Orioles are the worst team in baseball. They are 7-18 and 4 of their wins have come against the Red Sox. I have to laugh when my friends trash talk about getting swept by the O’s. They act as if the Sox are in first place and they should be ashamed to lose to the worst team in baseball. Are they not paying attention? The Sox are tied for the 4th worst team in the league. So in my opinion, it was a battle of the bottom feeders.
Here’s a shout out to all my trash talking friends. Unfortunately most of them happen to be Yankee fans so why not use them and a couple of other teams to prove my next point. The Yankees are World Champions, correct? The Phillies played them in the World Series, am I wrong? Minnesota, Colorado, and Anaheim were all in the playoffs last year, if I recall? Then, let’s take a look at their records a month or so into the season last year.
May 1st, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies: 11-10 (just above .500). Made it to the World Series.
Anaheim Angels (I refuse to call them the LA Angels): 9-13 (terrible). Went on to the ALCS.
May 7th, 2009
New York Yankees: 13-15 (terrible, the Yanks were 0-8 against the Sox until Aug. when the tides were turned. The Red Sox and Yankees were 9-9 in 2009). The Yankees went on to win the World Series!
Colorado Rockies: 11-16 (3rd worst team in the league). Made it to the NLDS.
Minnesota Twins: 13-16 (terrible). Made it to the ALDS.
I think you see where I am going with this, right? Out of the 8 teams in the playoffs last year, 5 of them started off borderline awful. Let me make it clear, I am not “hating” on any of the teams listed above. I am simply trying to show that no matter how terrible you start off, teams can not only recover, but they can win championships. While I cannot predict what is in store for the Red Sox, I can only assume that things will get better. I must thank my dear Yankee friends for instilling in me that “Wait until September!” motto. Looking at the stats above I find myself coming back to something I say all the time: “That’s why they play the game.” Stranger things have happened, right? I mean, Big Papi hit 2 home runs yesterday. That should buy him a little more time.
About the Author
Written by "Baseball Brenda" Sepanek
I was born a sports fan. Playing soccer, basketball and softball in high school, then moving on to play Div. II softball at Keene State on partial scholarship. In 2003, our team was inducted into the Keene State Hall of Fame. GO OWLS! I am a die hard Red Sox, Patriots and UNC Tar Heel hoop fan. Most of my friends call me Baseball Brenda because when it comes to ranking my priorities in life, the Red Sox always are first on the list. I average about 40 games a year and I have attended every home playoff game since moving back to MA in 2005. I am super competitive and excel at anything you can win at :) Horseshoes, ping pong, darts, pool, cornhole, and bowling. Always love a good challenge. I play a lot of golf in the summer and a lot of fantasy sports. I am always looking to meet local Sox fans so look me up on Facebook.