Now, I have
taken Doom-and-Gloom Dan with a grain of salt since he suggested Red Sox Nation
should panic if the Red Sox didn’t win the fourth game of the 2004 World
Series. However, there’s not enough salt in the Atlantic to help swallow the
thought a World Series title could be “incredibly lucky” or “somewhat inadvertent.”
Hold on a
second. I’ve got to go back and read that column one more time to make sure he
really wrote that.
Yep, he sure
were incredibly lucky when they beat the Raiders with the “Immaculate
Reception.” The Giants were incredibly lucky when David Tyree caught the ball with
his helmet. The 2004 Red Sox were also pretty lucky when Tony Clark’s shot to
right field skipped over the short fence for a ground-rule double in the ninth
inning of Game 5 of the 2004 ALCS.
World Series title is lucky, though, makes no sense.
that each team plays 162 games in a baseball season guarantees that a team does
not get to the playoffs on luck. The 2013 Red Sox won 97 games in the regular
season to win the American League East and secure home-field advantage
throughout the playoffs.
probably got lucky in a couple of those games, but luck has a way of balancing
out over the course of 162 games.
got kind of lucky when the Rays forgot how to play defense a few times in the
first round of the playoffs, but the Red Sox beat the Justin Verlander and the
Tigers in a great series before overcoming some bad luck — and some bad throws to
third base — to beat the Cardinals in another great series.
I have no idea what that could mean.
the 2011 Chicken, Beer and Video Game Red Sox and the 2012 Bobby Valentine
mess, the Red Sox contending for a playoff spot, let alone winning the whole thing
was considerably unexpected and highly improbable.
I dream, however, that somebody would call it inadvertent. A referee
accidentally blowing his whistle in a game could be considered inadvertent.
Winning the World Series is something every team strives for every time it
reports to spring training.
team with Dustin Pedroia at second base.
the Red Sox were fortunate that all of Ben Cherington’s moves following the
2012 season turned out to be great ones, starting with the firing of Valentine.
But the reason he made those moves in the first place was because he was trying
to win the World Series.
So you could
say that the title was actually on purpose. Otherwise, Cherington would have
started his post-series interview with an “oops, didn’t mean that one.”
mentioned those lucky and inadvertent Sox because he is worried about the 2015
Sox, who can’t even inadvertently pick up a two-out RBI.
We are all
concerned about the 2015 Red Sox now that they have fallen to 12-12. They are
3-7 on in their last 10 games, and the team has surrendered nine more runs than
their supposedly vaunted offense has scored.
Shaughnessy suggested, it might be silly that many Sox fans are trying to find
a silver lining in the fact that Wade Miley wasn’t completely awful again
Saturday — though that hanger he threw to Brett Gardner dreadful.
Right now the
Red Sox don’t seem like they are even as good as their 12-12 record indicates,
but fortunately there is a lot of baseball left to be played.
By my math
the Red Sox have 138 games left to play in 2015, so there’s plenty of time for
the team to start getting lucky.