Jon Lester, you're all set. The rest of you...
I'm not sure what to say. Am I off the bandwagon? Well, I'm here, aren't I?
But let's be realistic. The Sox have gone on two road trips in the last several weeks, and during one of them they relinquished most realistic hopes of overtaking the AL East. During this most recent one, they have ceded first place in the AL Wild Card.
This isn't to say they're staring up at a 5.5 - 6.5 game deficit, as they are in the division. But they're now in a position where Tampa Bay is breathing down their neck, and after this weekend, Texas is at least looking like a worthy rival, if not the better team.
The despair would be worse, of course, had Friday night not happened. That night, as with Youkilis's freak-out last week, was easy to envision as the beginning of a 2004-style late-season resurgence. And it could still happen.
It could still happen. Right?
*And timely hitting. And the ability to prevent eight stolen bases in one game. But that didn't all fit very well.