From the "Things Could be Much Worse" Department:
Every so often it helps immensely to go into the other team's camp. From the hilarious website Dodger Blues:
The Dodgers were burned by their past once again on Sunday. Pedro Martinez, too fragile to be given a starting job in L.A. in 1993, beat the Dodgers 4-1, picking up career win 172. It's painful to still think about that trade, but as a Dodger fan, what choice do you have? Just hearing the name "Pedro" automatically brings to mind the name "Delino", which automatically brings to mind an image of Fred Claire taking it up the poopshoot, which inevitably leads to severe nausea. Pedro Martinez probably isn't the pitcher he was a few years ago, but where's Delino? Likely shining shoes somewhere along Wilshire... and doing a shitty job of it. As for the Dodgers, they leave Boston having lost 2 ouf of 3, and scoring just two runs in those two losses. Yet, by some bizarre cosmic fuck-up, they're still tied for first place. Frank McCourt, however, wouldn't know anything about that, since he spent the weekend creaming over his precious city and favorite team. After Sunday's game, in fact, McCourt was seen rubbing his crotch against the Green Monster. (This would be a great place for a joke about McCourt's "monster", but it's very doubtful that man has more than 3 inches).
Think about it, though, really. The Padres are hovering around first place in their division with the Dodgers, and they lost two out of three to the Sox, too. They also lost two out of three to the Yankees, but they had to blow a lead twice (once in extra innings). We just plain spanked them.
Yes, yes, we didn't spank the Padres or the Dodgers in their gazillion-run blowouts, but think of it this way: it's not like they get an extra win because they win by ten runs, and hey--if they want to save all their scoring for one game out of three, that's fine by me.
Meanwhile, check out the only helpful information Tim McCarver has brought into my life. The Chicago White Sox have actually had a longer World Championship drought than the Red Sox (maybe it's a Sox thing?). Yep, 1917. Although you don't hear that chanted at them in opposing ballparks. Why do you suppose that is?
All facetiousness aside, though, this means that Chicago, despite having two major league baseball franchises, has still had a longer championship drought.
I mean, just think about that.
We may have driven Dan Duquette into the ground with derision over cutting Clemens loose, but there were at least excuses that could be made--such as, for example, that the 1996 Roger Clemens makes David Wells look like Karen Carpenter. But can you imagine being the franchise that let Pedro Martinez go...to the Expos?
When's the last time the Cleveland Indians were anything to write home about? Fifty-five years ago.
The Houston Astros have never won a postseason series. Ever. Seriously. Look it up.
We think our pain was so immense over Game 7 last year--think about what it must have been like to be a fan of Oakland, where baserunning gaffes cost them their ninth straight division series. Or of Cleveland, who got the Pedro treatment back in 1999.
Or even the California Angels in 1986, where a walk-off home run almost exactly like Aaron Boone's won the ALCS in the eleventh hour.
Think of what it must be like to be an Oakland fan this season. They came roaring into Boston for a grudge match with the Sox, and in particular, Derek Lowe--and were sent packing with their tails between their legs, having dropped two out of three, including a loss to Lowe.
Then there's the Padres, making a real run for it this year--who saw their ace, David Wells, turn in a 6 inning, 2 hit performance, only to have it overmatched by Vintage Pedro.
The Dodgers have Eric Gagne, and not much else.
This week we're going to swoop in on Colorado, whose only sports claim to fame is a Broncos implosion at the end of last season and a hockey player who had his neck broken in a tilt with the Canucks. Whoop de doo.
Yeah, there are worries--like Schilling's ankle, Nomar's Achilles, Trot's quad, Pedro's arm, Francona's brain--but really, when you consider some of thse other places, ain't we got fun?
More fun: Check out ESPN's list of the Best Pitched Games so far this year. You'll notice that Boston is represented at least twice on each AL list, three times on the strikeouts list. Three of our starters are represented.