I have been silent, but rest assured the travesty this weekend has not escaped my notice.
"Wasn't it the game you went to that started their losing streak?" pointed out a co-worker accusingly today. While the correlation is weak, I have to admit it's there.
But I'd sooner put the blame on injuries and illness coming home to roost (bench players and fill-ins like Sean Casey and Jed Lowrie aren't used to, and some might argue nor are they intended to be, working this regularly) than on my attendance (if it makes anyone feel any better, I'll be there tomorrow night, too, so maybe it'll work like a double-negative and restore things to order.)
The encouraging thing is that our starting pitching has remained strong, even as the offense short-circuited. Both starters, yesterday and Saturday, pitched well enough to win--especially Clay Buccholz, whose performance this weekend after having struggled his last two starts I take as one of the silver linings from the series.
It's also worth remembering that this team is about 95% the same as last year's team, which also showed some serious streakiness, particularly where the offense was concerned. I believe this had me referring to the 07 squad as 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' by August. It's a bit more alarming to see such extremes in April, but it's not much different from the cycles the team went through last season. And we all know how that turned out.
P.S. Has anybody else noticed that in addition to removing the word 'Devil' from their team name, the Rays have also adopted a very clerical new purple, gold and white color scheme, complete with what looks like a gold Star of Bethlehem inside the 'R' on the front of the jersey? Was there really such strong Christian opposition to the Devil Rays based on their name? Will this uniform change really put more Bible-thumpin' butts in seats down in Tampa Bay?