Under Pressure

I was planning to write a post after the Red Sox won their 2011 season opener. When that didn’t pan out, I figured I would write something after they squeezed out a victory or two against the Rangers.

Didn’t happen.

The good news was that the Sox were heading to AL Central-doormat Cleveland, and so were all but guaranteed to get this World Series season back on track. We all know how that series went.

So at this point, I figured I should just write something before Boston ends up 0-162.

Am I worried that the Red Sox are 0-6? I honestly don’t think it’s big deal. Yet. They have a great lineup. They have a quality pitching staff with a solid history. These guys know how to win, and they will win this year… a lot.

The Sox players are well aware of how the offseason went, with Gonzalez, Crawford, Jenks, and Wheeler added to an already potent lineup. Every news source from the Boston Globe to the Sheboygan Daily Reader was picking Boston to win 95+ games and cruise towards another championship. The players know they now have a responsibility to live up to their fans’ expectations as well as the owners’ commitment to putting a great team on the field. They’re putting a ton of pressure on themselves to win. Every at bat is critical, so bats are getting squeezed a little too tight. Every pitch has to be a strike, so balls are getting overthrown. All of this is having a negative impact on their performance.

The Sox return to Boston today after being away from their homes since February. I think a little home cooking is just what they need. Of course, if Boston gets swept this weekend by the damn Yankees, I’m going to jump off the Sunshine Skyway.

(On the other hand, I totally think that the Rays are going to lose 162 games this year. They kind of stink.)

Go Sox!

9 Responses to “Under Pressure”

  1. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I would wager that the return to fenway park and playing the Yankees would be the wake up call the Red Sox need. I dont think the fenway faithful will allow them to lose to the Yankees. But I have been wrong before.

  2. Dave Says:

    Manny just retired after testing positive for steroids… Again!

  3. Dave Says:

    1 -6 and the win comes against the Yankees. What a great way to start to start the year!

  4. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I saw the thing about Manny. I think its quite funny actually. He sure fooled everyone lol.

    Great win today. I was happy to see Pedrioa start to mash, he will help Mike’s team alot. Rays will join the Red Sox in the win column tonight, I guarantee it Dave!

  5. Dave Says:

    Wow! The Rays pulled one of their butts last night. Nice prediction Dan

  6. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    I never thought that comeback would happen. Not in a million years. Its came from nowhere! Oh well, I’ll take it!

  7. Allan Says:

    Well guys ive got my 1st loss as a new member of the thefoulline league… I felt kinda handycap losing longoria early n my shortstop missing 3 str8 games…..oh yea n wells thanks for showing up lol….i feel week 2 will b much better since ill have a full roster going hard to get my 1st win n ill b facinf da champ who also shared in a loss n also lost a key player n who i will Not take lightly. Good luck in week 2 guys

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