Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
May 1, 2003

Kiner's Korner asks below why Red Sox fans have been cautious so far in embracing this team. Leaving aside the ingrained negativity of the Boston media (the Weekly Standard's Christopher Caldwell has some choice words on that score over the Mike Timlin locker room flap), I think a big reason is that the Sox are still behind the Yankees in the standings, and Sox fans are well aware that recent history (i.e., the past 8 decades) isn't exactly littered with examples of the Sox pulling down the Yankees from behind; the only one I can recall is 1988, when the Yankees collapsed after a hot start when Billy Martin was fired and replaced with Lou Piniella, while the Sox caught fire after they replaced John McNamara with Joe Morgan.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:59 AM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Agreed that the Sox won't catch the Yankees. But (1) that has never stopped Sox fans from having unrealistic expectations before!; and (2) the issue, to me as a Mets fan, is not whether the Sox can catch the Yankees in a race for the AL East. Rather, its whether the Sox can win a wild card spot. If so, while I don't think that means the Sox can win it all, once you're in the playoffs, anything can happen, especially with Pedro in the rotation. Don't get me wrong, though, I think the Sox will fade. And the Celtics need to win tonight or its all over.

Posted by: Kiner's Korner at May 1, 2003 11:23 AM
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