It's now official. The Boston RedSox now have completely lost it.
No playoffs. No nothing.
They wasted a 9 game lead in the Wildcard and utterly collapsed in Sept.
They sealed the worse collapse in Baseball HISTORY!
On to football season for me.....GO COWBOYS!
Still does not compare to what Calvin Schiraldi did. Now that is what I call blowing it.
All beat writers who cover Boston RedSox Baseball, as well as, the Analysts for ESPN are calling it the worse collapse Baseball has ever had or seen.
So, that just about covers it.
I would disagree with that, and here's why:
The Red Sox were up 9 games in the wild card on September 2 and didn't make the playoffs. The Braves were up 8.5 games in the wild card on September 5 and didn't make the playoffs. The Red Sox didn't even have the worst collapse this season.
The Mets were up 7 games in the wild card in 2007 in the middle of September (I believe the 14th or 15th). They ended up 2 games out of the wild card. They gave up 9 games in the standings in just 2 weeks!
The 1964 Phillies had a 6.5 game lead with just 12 games remaining. They lost 10 straight and didn't make the playoffs. To me, that was the worst September collapse of all time.
The Red Sox now have the record for the biggest collapse from a lead in the standings on September 1st, but that's really just an arbitrary date. There have been several teams that have collapsed much quicker at a later date in the month, as shown above.
Well no offense Cagsil, but this only goes to prove what I've been saying about the Red Sox all along. Sure, they may have had a lot of recent success over the years by winning a world series here and there. BUT, throughout most of their history, they've been one of baseball's biggest bunch of choke artists. I'm just glad they don't have the freaking "curse of the bambino" excuse to fall back on anymore, as if a dead spirit would have nothing better to do than to jinx the Sox.
Now, if only the Chicago Cubs can win the world series, so their fans can finally shut the hell up about the old curse of the damn bartman. Seriously, it's embarrassing. Why can't Cub fans be like the Indian fans and just admit their team just couldn't get it done. There's no damn curses in baseball. You lose because you didn't get the job done, or you just didn't have enough talent. Period.
There was plenty of talent. It just didn't get done. That's all.
Hence the key word "OR", as this seems to be the case of the Red Sox just didn't get it done.
On to football season for me. I just wanted to post this title, considering it's going to be constantly repeated for a long time to come.
Well it looks like Romo certainly has gotten tougher over the years, as I was rather surprised he still played with a fractured rib. Now if only the Cowboys offensive line can get better to protect him, then they might have a shot at knocking off the Green Bay Packers this year.
I can't believe this. The Rays had unloaded many of their better players during the offseason in order to save money being that they are a small market team and cannot afford to sustain young-talented players over a period of a few seasons. On the other hand, the Red Sox added two high-priced star players in Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. The Red Sox were the favorites to win the World Series to start the season. They started off horrible for the first month and then became the best team in baseball in between that time and the end of August. When September hit it looked like there were no playoff races in baseball. And now to imagine that the Atlanta Braves collapse from having an 8.5 game lead with two and a half weeks remaining would be largely overshadowed by a 9 game collapse by perhaps the most talented team in baseball at the hands of a team team with Evan Longoria, David Price and seemingly not much else, I say wow.
How about this final night and the drama..
the Sox and Rays tied in the standings....
- The Rays fall down 7-0, while the Red Sox are ahead 3-2...both late in their games.
- The Rays come back and tie their game when down to their final out of the season, while the Red Sox squandered sure opportunities to extend their lead and ice the game.
- The Rays game goes to extra innings, the Yankees look like they have the Rays put away around the same time the Sox had the Orioles down to their last out.
- Then the Rays basically picked off a Yankee runner at 3rd with zero outs and got out of a huge jam. All the while the O's posted two straight doubles to tie the game with the Sox when down to their final strike. Then the O's hit the game winning single, which ironically came as a result of former Rays' star player Carl Crawford's inability to make what would have been a great catch in the outfield. The Sox lose to the O's and are stunned like they know they don't deserve to be in the playoffs. Then in the same at-bat that ESPN switches over to the Rays/Yanks game Evan Longoria hits another homerun to send the Rays to an epic comeback in the game and in the standings against the Sox. And simultaneously cements an epic collapse for the Red Sox.
Personally, I don't like any of these teams but this was as dramatic as it gets in sports. It's all fitting of both an epic collapse and an epic comeback run. Either way, this was an amazing night for baseball.
I never believed in the preseason Red Sox hype (I even wrote a hub back on April 1 titled "Why the Boston Red Sox Will Not Win the AL East in 2011"), because they have some serious issues that were not addressed last offseason. The starting pitching has major holes, the bullpen cracks when overworked, and Carl Crawford was an overrated player even before he had his awful 2011 season. Theo Epstein will probably be taking his "talents" to the Cubs next season -- and he'll leave the Red Sox with some really bad contracts looming over their heads for many years. If you thought John Lackey and Carl Crawford sucked this year, wait until 2014. The Red Sox will be paying them close to $40 million total that year.
Maybe it's back to "the curse" days for the Red Sox?
As a Yankee fan I was rooting for the Rays the last few games.
The Yanks were not picked to win the division this year by most sports writers, so it's a little sweeter this year. I'm sure the RS will make adjustements in the off season and be stronger next year. In the mean time, the Yanks get a little older, albeit there is some good young talent coming up.
And Terry Francona has now been made the scapegoat. Watch for several other heads to roll very soon. Management needs to answer to Red Sox Nation.
The mets collapse in 07 was worse. What do you expect injuries,age and no heart cought up to you!
I have not read anything about it yet, but I'm guessing that wanted to leave because he knew that team was not going to win another World Series in the years to come as it is constituted. Too many bad contracts now.
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