As I said at the time:
To me, there is a note of the superstitious in Sammy's question. As if the Yankees are a horror-movie monster merely playing dead, waiting for the dumb ingenue to lay a shaking hand on it to check for its pulse. While I do hold similar superstitions despite myself at times, in reality I know that the New York Yankees, while mythical, are not magic. They are a ball club in business to win games and draw fans. There is no earthly reason for them to be somehow playing possum; no reason whatsoever to suppose that they are not playing to the utmost of their ability right now in order to win. That they are failing is unusual in Yankees history, but not so impossible as to suggest otherworldly motives for it.
The Yankees are still in fourth place. But, as Jaded New Englander points out,
it's a pretty unstable 4th place. Meaning, the stripies now have a 21-19 record; the T-Jays are only slightly above that with 21-18, and yes, our WC Sox have a smashing 23-16 record.
Which leads me to a question: what should Red Sox fans worry about more?
- The Baltimore Orioles, who remain in first place by 2.5 games?
- The New York Yankees, who are riding a ten-game win streak and may be nipping at our heels?
- Our own club, and its problem areas, including injuries to the rotation and a lack of timely hitting?
Personally, I vote for the latter. The Orioles may yet fold; if not, we have finished the season in second place before without lasting damage. And the Yankees...while it may be best not to tempt fate and the otherworldly forces (yes, I acknowledge them now) that seem to cluster around that club, were it any other team in fourth place, they'd be the least of our concerns.
Where my concerns lie, then, is with the Sox. I know from experience with the Patriots that a "sophomore slump" following a championship is often a nearly inevitable possibility. I also know that it's early, yet, and at this point last season we did no better.
But fewer men LOB, the return of Schilling and Wells, a nice hot streak for Renteria, those I would not turn down.