Red Sox, Why do you torture us?
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Why do you
How long are the loyal fans in New England going to take this? It seems that every year for one reason or another the Boston Red Sox choke.
This year the Sox are determined to further the pain and suffering of their fans. At the beginning of September, they had a commanding seven-game lead on the upstart Toronto Blue Jays. If you can bear to look at the standings, you will notice that as of Thursday, the Sox were a half-game back of Toronto.
Should we move to Los Angeles, Oakland, or maybe Baltimore? At least in Baltimore people don't expect much of the Orioles, since they are in a rebuilding stage. It would be hard to find someone who would accept the excuse of "We are in a rebuilding stage" from the Red Sox. I don't even think that any member of the Sox would agree to it.
The Sox are definitely one of the best teams in baseball today. With superstars like Roger Clemens, Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks and Wade Boggs, they have the talent to win. It seems that one of the team's problems is long periods of uninspired baseball. Or a slump, to us fans.
Sometimes Clemens pitches at the speed of light and bewilders batters. But there are times when he pitches balls which are a little out of the strike zone and the batters seem always to crush them. Currently Roger is suffering from tendonitis, which has caused him to miss crucial games, and add to the Red Sox' woes. He is scheduled to pitch tomorrow, if his shoulder gets better.
If the Sox are to contend for the title, they better get their act together now. The Blue Jays are coming to town this weekend. This will be the final nail in the coffin if the Sox lose the series.
If the Sox win, it might be a thrilling finish to the American League East pennant race. It might. But Toronto may still be within striking distance, even if it loses the series.
Do we really need this? Can we suffer another heartbreak? Why don't the Sox lose now? It would be devastating if they lose the division title in the last game of the season. For the sake of the fans, they should gel quickly.
It does not seem that long ago that the since-deposed owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner, assured the people of New York that no matter what the Red Sox do during the season, no matter how well they play, the Red Sox were going to fold.
I can just see the headline in New York: STEINBRENNER A PSYCHIC! SOX CHOKE AFTER DOMINATING AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST.
I hope Clemens gets better quickly, and even then I hope. . . .