If they don't win it's a shame
Okay, put away the brooms, and get out your finger cymbals. It's time to meditate.
In case it hasn't gotten across, the Yankees are still doing worse than we are. They came back against the White Sox earlier this week, but not tonight, but not before getting shelled in their first series against them, and not before dropping three of the first four to the Sox. Did Yankees fans despair?
Of course not.
The fact is that winning teams, and winning fans (as with last season's Sox) don't throw in the towel when things like this happen. They find their Zen, remind themselves that it's only April, and move on.
Yes. We have some serious post-traumatic stress disorder when it comes to eighth innings in tie games, starting pitching aces up over 100 pitches and clearly exhausted, and light-hitting batters coming up big.
Yes. Rest assured that Francona will be put through the meat grinder. Schilling will be questioned as he drops to 1-5 with a 5.73 ERA against the Blue Jays after tonight's debacle. The offense, not to be forgotten, will be lambasted like there's no tomorrow.
This loss is a gift. Hear me out. This loss is a gift. The blessing is that it comes in April, not October. The blessing is that there are more games to be played. The blessing is that Francona is in for the shitstorm of his life after not only his first full-fledged fuck-up as manager, but the exact fuck-up everyone's been dreading.
Isn't it great it's already out of the way?
Things could not be more simple. The offense needs to start hitting. The manager needs to manage the pitchers better. We have 150 games in which to do just that.
Curt Schilling is a professional with a long history including a World Series ring and an MVP. Pedro Martinez is still the best pitcher in baseball. Wake is a deadly threat. For the first time in franchise history, we have a rock-solid bullpen coming out of the gate. We've won the majority of games so far, and still won the series against Toronto. To be an above-.500 club without two of our offensive stars, while a new manager and a number of new players are still settling into the madhouse that is baseball in Boston is nothing to be looked down upon.
I'm not saying we shouldn't expect our team to win. Tonight was a tough loss, to be sure. But we need to realize that despite the deja-vu defeat, we are winning, the sky is not falling, and all is still right with the world.