I Believe

364 days ago I wrote a post called “Keeping the Faith, Part 2.” At that time Boston was in a 3-1 hole to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series, and they were getting ready to face CC Sabathia in game 5. One year later, I find myself in a similar position, full of hope and optimism and sitting in front of my laptop. Can Boston make another comeback and crush the hopes and dreams of Rays fans everywhere? I not only hope so, but I’m going to give the reasons why.

  1. Scott Kazmir is pitching tonight. Why would Joe Maddon do this? He is either hoping that Kazmir rebounds from his last several poor performances and pulls out a win, or he’s that confident that “Big Game” James Shields will be money in game 6 at Tropicana Field to win it in front of the home crowd. Whatever the reason, I giggled a little when I saw Kazmir as tonight’s starting pitcher. This series is at least going back to St. Pete.
  2. The Red Sox have played horrible baseball. This the all-or-nothing, backs-to-the-wall scenario that shows a team’s character. Like Gene Hackman said in The Replacements, “winners want the ball.”  The Red Sox are the defending World Series Champions. Let’s start acting like it.
  3. 1986, down 3-1 to the California Angels in the ALCS. 2004, down 3-0 to the NY Yankees in the ALCS. 2007, down 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS. They’ve been here before and have won. They will do it again.
  4. Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. There is no way in hell that these guys throw another crappy game like their last time out.
  5. Big Papi actually got an extra-base hit last game. The offensive flood gates are officially open.
  6. There is no way that the Rays can keep up with their 8 home runs a game pace. MLB is going to start charging them for lost baseballs.
  7. Dice K is a ninja. The Rays won’t know what hit them.
  8. Jason Varitek got the hole in his glove stitched up, so no more inning-extending passed balls.
  9. The Sox only have to win three measly games. A three game winning streak is nothing. They’ve done it 16 times this season.

So now you can see how obvious it is that Boston will rally back and win this series. I almost feel bad for the Rays…

Go Sox!

10 Responses to “I Believe”

  1. Dan Says:

    You have underestimated the rays all season long, and it keeps workin for us, so keep it comin! After watching these two teams play all year, I have made an observation, it is not arrogant, or even gloating.

    The Tampa Bay Rays are simply a better team than the Boston Red Sox.

  2. Dave Says:

    Dan,
    I don’t think the problem is that I’m underestimating the Rays…I’m starting to wonder if I’m overestimating the Red Sox. What ever the case may be, I have one more trick up my sleeve to turn this thing around.
    Stay Tuned

  3. Dan Says:

    And your sure Kazmir cant end it tonight? Hes been our best pitcher since 04, and im not ready to abandon him yet.

  4. Dave Says:

    I’m a huge Kazmir fan, but I am holding out hope that his recent struggles continue. I know it will never happen, but I would love to see Kazmir in a Sox uniform.

  5. Dan Says:

    I have said this to alot of people, but if i ever have to see one of the five untouchables, (crawford,upton,longoria,kazmir, and price), put on a New york or boston uniform, i will lose all faith in baseballs salary structure, and i will never watch another baseball game as long as i live. Baseball needs a salary cap in the worst way, boston and new york deserve last place finishes just like everyone else, now they can buy there way to at least respectable finishes every year.

  6. Dave Says:

    A lot of baseball owners don’t give a damn about winning. They are business men first, baseball fans second. I think MLB needs to do away with revenue sharing. Why reward the owners that don’t give a crap about their teams? As long as these owners continue to profit from mediocre teams at the expense of the Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Dodgers…, why would they try and improve?

  7. Dan Says:

    If you do away with the revenue sharing, the balance of power shifts even more to the big name clubs, if owners dont want to win, (vince namoli) they shouldnt be owners, they should sell the teams to owners that do (stu sternberg) if your gonna do away with revenue sharing, then implement a salary cap. Something has to be done so small market teams like KC, Minnesota, Tampa bay, and Florida have a chance. The NFL is a perfect model, every team has a chance, every year.

  8. Dave Says:

    These owners aren’t idiots. If they can still make millions without having to improve their teams why would they? I agree that they shouldn’t be owners, but it looks good on a resume if they ever want to be President of the United States. Teams like Tampa, Minnesota and Florida are competing, and do have a chance. This is because they are smart, and develop their young talent. Tampa has proven that you don’t need a 100 million dollar payroll for success.

  9. Dan Says:

    How exactly do you devolp young talent? By picking in the top 3 in every single draft, and what makes those picks so high? sucking every single year. So how do the red sox and yankees stay competitive if they pick 30th in every draft? By using there money to lure those same great players the sucky teams drafted. in a nutshell, the small market teams are a farm system for big name clubs. How many times on this site alone have you called the rays a “triple AAA” team?

  10. Dave Says:

    The Rays aren’t a AAA club?!?! lol
    Pedroia
    Papelbon
    Youkilis
    Delcarmen
    Lowrie
    Lester
    Ellsbury
    Buchholz
    Masterson
    The Sox have been competitive for several years, and have still managed to develop their core players and are now in good position to remain competitive in the future.

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