The true peculiarity of Red Sox fandom is our ability, even just two years from our long-coveted championship, to be affected on a deep emotional level by what happens to the Red Sox. Even I, with all my previous posts this season on "transition year" this and "don't mortgage the future" blah, was wishing we'd somehow traded the entire farm system for a stud starting pitcher (or some serviceable relievers) on Sunday. That game was as deeply, deeply frustrating as any I've experienced, and I just wanted the pain to end Sunday. I wanted someone, anyone, to charge out of that bullpen and save us all.
Such was my bitterness--such was the depth to which I'd forgotten myself--that I didn't really watch the game last night. Here and there I would check the score. The last thing I knew was it was 4-0 Boston, and I reflected that once again, a predicted pitchers' duel between Josh Beckett and Barry Zito had not occurred. Can we stop predicting pitchers' duels before they happen, just based on the names that come up in the probable rotations? Can anyone recall a time this season when a predicted pitchers' duel has actually occurred?
But that was the extent of my thoughts about last night's contest. I received a text message this morning giving the final score as 7 to 3, Boston. I accepted this with a kind of grim satisfaction, but right now I'm still irritated with the Red Sox over what happened in Seattle the way I sometimes get annoyed with my fiancee--trying hard to resist their charms all the while.
Still, I think I could definitely use a break from the Red Sox and baseball. I should have done this during the All-Star break, made for just this purpose, but I haven't--I find myself needing to shuffle--'scuse me, 'scuse me--out of the theater just after the second act has begun, knowing full well I should have used intermission.
Luckily for me, and you, I have a pre-scheduled break coming up this week. I'm going to New Jersey, land of the Yankees and their fans, beginning tomorrow; I'll be out of town until Sunday. To bridge the gap, Iain of Baseball Desert, Marianne of 2632 and Red of Surviving Grady have agreed to fill in for me through Saturday. I will try to post next Sunday night, but there are no guarantees. I will be back in earnest on Monday the 31st.
And so, without further ado (starting tomorrow), I give you...guest bloggers!