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AL East: Do we have a race?
Vacationers throughout New England are becoming slightly uneasy. The Red Sox lead over the Yankees is down to four. Although it is fashionable for Red Sox fans, particularly those under the age of 25, to have historical amnesia these days, for those who suffered through the '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s and beyond, the ghosts are never far away. The possibility of the Red Sox folding late in the summer is always right there. Remember 1974, when Luis Tiant won his 20th game of the season in early August, and it looked as if the Sox were going to cruise to the division title? Remember 1978?
Of course, true Red Sox fans remember it all. Which is not to say that the 2007 edition will collapse like so many other Sox teams in the past. For the moment, however, they are doing their best to test the collective nerve of what is known as Red Sox Nation. Kevin Millar hit a game-winning three-run home run on Sunday afternoon in Camden Yards to lift the Orioles past the Red Sox, 6-3. Baltimore won the weekend series, the first time they've beaten Boston in a series in two years. On Friday night, they beat Boston in dramatic fashion as well.
Newly-acquired reliever, Eric Gagne, has struggled so far with the Sox. He allowed single runs in his first two appearances for Boston and then blanked the Angels for an inning last week. But on Friday night, Gagne surrendered four runs in one-third of an inning, and yesterday, he gave up a game-tying dinger to Miguel Tejada.
According to Steve Buckley in the Boston Herald:
For what it's worth, it would be impossible to say or write anything about Eric Gagne that's worse than what he was saying himself after yesterday's game. Let's return to Eric on the car phone.
The Red Sox have a chance to pad their lead as they play Tampa Bay twice, along with the White Sox (and one tough one against the Angels), before they meet up with the Yankees later this month. Meanwhile, New York has to play the pesky Orioles, seven games against the Tigers and their own three-game series vs. the Angels, a brutal stretch writes Tim Marchman in The New York Sun. Boston's lead could be back up to seven, eight games when it is all said and done. But if it is closer than four, man, the series in New York, starting Aug. 28 is going to be bumpin.
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I just love how this whole story exposes the absurdity of baseball writers who sell suppositions which all too often prove completely inaccurate and irrelevant. Two months ago the Yankees were finished, dead in the water, completely unable to contend for the AL pennant, which was as good as the official property of the Boston Red Sox. What a farce! I just wish there was some kind of a stat that gauged the performance and predictions of hack sports journalists.
Yes the Yankees have made a great
comeback, but their pitching staff is not as good as the Red Sox. All of the other years when the Yankees made their big comebacks they had a better pitching staff then the Red Sox.
I'm under 25 but I know well enough about '78, '86, '49, '74 and the slew of other times the Sox blew it. All I can say is, I'm glad the Sox are up 4 than down 4. Also, the teams the Yankees have been playing are jokes. The Sox would be up twenty games if they got to play KC 7 times.
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