I think I need to relax today. I've been in what I call "media shutdown" the past few days, as I don't want to read or hear anything from the events of the past weekend. I don't need anyone "piling on," especially from the imbecilic New York media. When the Red Sox go through a really horrific stretch like this (and involving the Yankees), I simply turn away from those moronic nitwits who call themselves "sportswriters", so I can try to keep my mental health. I'm not watching today's afternoon game, as I don't want to hear the gloating from those YES assholes. (I'll watch Tuesday night's game from Anaheim on the MLB package tomorrow.)
The comparison to the September 1978 disaster is not really a very good one. What happened 28 years ago was very different, and in many ways worse. The Sox didn't even show up for that series. They were outscored, 42-9, didn't pitch at all well and were a disaster in the field (12 errors). This time around, they could EASILY have won two, or even three, of the games. They've scored 25 runs and made just two errors in the field. But the pitching this time around has been even more horrific than in 1978. I've rarely seen in a Sox team, in my 29 years as a fan, pitch this badly over this long a stretch (one month plus), even in the down years.
So in some ways, these losses are harder to take because the Sox could easily be in first place right now. But they are not. A clutch hit here, and one last out there would have made a huge difference.
The Red Sox go out west for a nine-game trip to Anaheim, Seattle and Oakland after the game today. I'm not looking forward to it.
I'm spending the afternoon writing trivia questions for tonight's Trivia Night at Professor Thom's. And I'm leaving my TV off.