At least we know it’s possible…

When all hope seemed lost for Red Sox fans, a little bit of light has begun to shine in the past 2 days. As we entered a series against our Wild-Card rivals, the Texas Rangers, our whole team was flushed with confidence and we felt that we could take these guys by storm and regain our position as the top Wild-Card team. Three days later, that has not happened. In fact, we are a game behind the Rangers in this race, after barely winning 1 game in the series on a remarkable 9th inning comeback.

However, in these last 2 days, while we have not shown strength in any way, the Yankees have shown weakness. They have lost two games straight, and have left us a half game closer to first place then we were after the Rangers series. I think that while it is hardly a solution to rely on an other team’s failures, we will take what we can get for now. 

The Yankees have been terrifying teams all over the AL for the past few weeks, with a dynamite offense and some timely pitching. It’s good to see that this team, is in fact, human. Even this guy was held to one hit in the 2nd loss.

How much more reassurance do we need?

Even more exciting is the fact that the Yankees lost those two games against teams that are even less of a threat than us. The Mariners, who beat the Yanks 10-3, are 5.5 games behind us in the Wild Card race, and the A’s who beat them 3-0, are 13.5 games behind us.

This certainly gives Red Sox fans hope, but we will have to start winning before I am totally convinced that we can wreak havoc at Fenway in our upcoming series with the Bronx Bombers.

In other baseball news, top pick of the MLB draft, Stephen Strasburg, has finally signed with the Nationals, and it certainly came down to the wire. Less than 2 minutes before the deadline last night, Strasburg finally came to terms for a 4 year, $15 million dollar contract. It was a record-breaking contract, surpassing the $10.5 million Mark Prior signed for in 2001. Why did the deal take so long to come to, and why did the Nationals finally agree to offer so much? Two words: Scott Boras. ‘Nuff said.

Now that we know the Yankees can be beat, and by teams that are less of a threat than us (sorry A’s and Mariners fans!), we have hope. Time to crank out a few wins of our own to compliment a few Yankee losses. Let’s get ‘er done!

Thanks for reading.

P.S.

As some of you know, I am currently in Maine with limited internet access, so this had to be a quick entry, Hopefully I can write a few more this week. I’ll respond to any comments as soon as I can. Thanks!

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14 comments

  1. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    TribeTed- He does have a lot of talent. He also chose Scott Boras as an agent, so as you said, his case is different from a lot of those young draft picks who may be almost just as talented as he is.

    Julia- It is true, I wouldn’t have been too surprised myself if he hadn’t. I hope he is, he has the potential to be a real star!

  2. southernbelle

    Yeah, my Yanks lost 2 in a row. I hope they can pick things up before they arrive in Boston! Maybe if they win that series they can run away with the division! Even though the Yanks are up by 7 games, it really doesn’t feel that way. I know how good the Red Sox are and I keep thinking that the lead is still not big enough! -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

  3. matttan7

    The Yankees at Red Sox series is going to be a turning point, it’ll do two things, Yankees running away with the division or the Red Sox inching closer towards grabbing the AL East division’s top spot. I’m looking forward to that.

    Matthew Tan
    http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

  4. Jane Heller

    First of all, I hope you’re having a great time in Maine. It must be beautiful right now (eat lots of clam rolls!). Yes, the Yanks have opened the door over the last two games. Who knows what the next series between our teams will bring? I’ll be biting my nails!

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  5. raysrenegade

    Texas has a bit of a buzzsaw 10-days going for themselves. First they get your team for three games, then get to relax and play Twins for three before coming to the Trop and setting the table a little closer for either themselves or the Rays.
    Love this time of year because of the pressure and the stress of the games and what they could mean in just a few weeks to each of us.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  6. Fenway Bleacher Creature

    TC- Yeah, he is a scary dude when he hits 100 mph on the radar gun!

    Virginia- I hope we can pick things up as well! If it happens for both our teams, it could be a terrific series. At least you guys can worry about your lead being too small, but we still have to worry about making up for it anyway!

    Matthew- It should be an exciting series. I too am looking forward to it.

    Jane- I am having a really nice time so far. I’ve actually never had a clam roll… I will try one and tell you what I think!
    Don’t worry, I will too!

    Thanks all for commenting!

  7. crzblue2

    M first boyfriend used to from Maine. I have not been there although I go to N.H. like twice a year for business.
    .
    the dog days of august are dwindling down so is time to step it up a notch. September callups soon for more fun. Speaking of fun, have loads of it in Maine.
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

  8. crazy19canuck

    Enjoy the area – Maine is just beautiful! Hope your enjoying the seafood too! 🙂
    I’ll be gone for the weekend, but I hope you guys beat up the Yankees. It’ll be an interesting couple of days in Toronto for you guys too. Hopefully there won’t be as many seagulls to disturb the outfielders this time! LOL!
    Ginny
    http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

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