7 Boston Championships? C'mon Sox Let's Make It 8

Boston, it’s the city where Champions live. Now that the Bruins have added the Stanley Cup to Beantown’s trophy case Boston has won the professional sports grand slam. In the last 10 years we’ve seen three Super Bowl championships, one NBA title, one Stanley Cup and two World Series Championships, but we can still squeeze in one more. I’m looking at you Red Sox.
After an abysmal 0-6 start that turned into a 2-11 start, Red Sox Nation was up in arms and ready to call for the hearse. It was time to just start thinking about next year. They did so much in the offseason and they were worse than ever.

Luckily Boston had the luxury of having two other teams battling in the playoffs (Celtics, Bruins) and everyone had time to put the Sox on the back burner and put their focus on the teams that were winning. Though the Celtics didn’t last as long as fans had hoped, the Bruins brought the cup back home after a 39 year hiatus to finally confirm that this is “Titletown.”

Meanwhile in the shadow of the Bruins, the Sox have gone 42-17 since that ugly start at the beginning of April to propel themselves to the top of the division and the top of the American League.

Big Papi’s hitting better than we’ve seen in years. He’s hitting .323 and the last time he finished a season with an average over .300 was 2007. We all know what happened in 2007.

Adrian Gonzalez has, as we all anticipated, slapped the baseball all over the friendly confines of Fenway Park. He’s the leading candidate for the AL MVP almost halfway through the season. That’s thanks to his ability to drive in runs. He leads all of baseball in RBIs (67) and as well as doubles (25).

Couple Ortiz and Gonzalez’ hitting with great performances from everyone up and down the lineup and you have the Sox leading the league in average (.277) and scoring more runs than anyone in baseball (395).

The pitching has improved. Ace Jon Lester is tied for the league lead in wins (9) and overall the pitching has been good enough to win with the offensive support.

The Sox have proven to us that we were right to expect this team to be one of the best in the league and a favorite for to win a championship. There’s that word again; Championship.

The Red Sox have a real chance at the 2011 World Series and giving Titletown its eighth championship. Do it. I mean it’s been a whole six days since the last Boston championship. They’re slackin’.

Oh and hey New York, don’t you have two teams in every sport? Get with it.

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