I get my talking points from Softlaw, just like Obama gets his talking points from K. Marx. However, don't confuse me with Softlaw and don't confuse Obama with Marx. I already gave myself an F for my projection on Red Sox total regular season wins of 91. Joe gave himself a B for projecting 89 wins and a playoff spot and AL playoff exit. Now, at 96 wins, with 3 games to go, the breakdown of the Yankees losing Tex, Jeter and A-Roid was no suprise, but losing Tex with the other two was the straw that finished the Yankees and helped the Red Sox get 5 or 6 more wins that I failed to anticipate. Fundamentally, I still see this Red Sox team as the "a bubble playoff championship pretender team" I called them before this season started. I hope I'm wrong on that, and I also said that Middlebrooks was the key for the Red Sox having any remote chance at all to win the AL. I hope I'm wrong on that, and I like how Middlebrooks is showing his obvious talents after being mishandled by Red Sox middle management with a demotion instead of the DL he needed because of injuries, all in the name of asuaging the ego of their absurd 9.5 "investment" in part-timer S. Drew. If Middlebrooks shines in the playoffs, the Red Sox have a chance, because he addresses what otherwise would be a fatal flaw for an AL title team.
As usual, the Rays always remain as pretenders, joined by the Indians. Red Sox need to hope the Rangers don't clip the Rays or Indians, because the Rangers are a greater challenge to the Red Sox in a playoff series.
The Tigers remain the probability favorite, outside Red Sox fan and mass media mania. The A's are back in the playoffs for the 2nd straight season and are a most dangerous heavy underdog team.
Folks, this is going to be one of the most entertaining post seasons in a long time, for all baseball fans except Hill. His "young Mariners", as he says every single season, never seem to do more than that.
For the Red Sox and the massive labor costs payroll, to claim they did the job they are collectively paid to do, their labor must either win the title or lose in the WS in a well played WS to any NL team but the Pirates. The same can be said for the Dodgers and the Tigers. Accountability comes to those with much, which is a favorite economic class warfare tenet of a late First Lady.
It appears is though the matchups of Red Sox and Tigers and then Red Sox and A's is not possible, but replace the Indians for the Tigers or A's and the matchups are intensely compelling.
My hope is that the Red Sox and Indians play in ALDS, while the Red Sox meet the Tigers or A's for the ALCS.
In the WS, I'd like to see the Red Sox and the Dodgers in an instant classic matchup that requires some quick research going back to Brooklyn. Neil Diamond migh decline a WS Sweet Carolina, I mean Sweet Caroline Kennedy Sloshberg. I think Neil's reached an age where lip sync might be needed for October baseball on the New Southern Ireland frigid nights. But I digress.
I'd also love to see Red Sox and Cards, which inculdes the added benefit of a learning opportunity for MLB baseball value and fit challenged Red Sox middle management to study why the Cards are the gold standard for the non-small-market baseball franchises.
I'd also love to see Red Sox and Braves, which provides an instant classic matchup and another learning opportunity for Red Sox middle management.
Even the Red Sox vs. The Reds would bring back memories of double knit leisure suits, stack shoes, 'fros, and Bench and Yaz et al. I hit some golfballs next to Jim Rice a few months ago, and it's the same powerful baseball swing with more bending over at the hips to hit the ball near that down and in position that most lefty hitters looking for power, love. Rice was hitting it high and far and deep, if not always Hoganesque on accuracy of ballflight. As he used his massive wrists and forearms to muscle the clubhead through the ball, I wondered whether he had a smaller rounded gear for the touch shots. I knew he was in the area to get away from the media sales business and relax and enjoy the greatest game ever played, so I didn't even ponder speaking to him. Several friends of mine asked me, "is that Jim Rice"? I said, "no, but he looks just like him except Red Sox HOF Jim Rice is a lot taller than that".
Red Sox vs Pirates would also be a compelling matchup of the greedy rich vs. the poor.
Friends, and I consider all fellow Red Sox fans as friends, I'm excited about our first post season appearance in 4 years! It took a long time and a lot of money shotgunned in a wide swath, but we're finally in again!!!!!!!!!!!! I have gone down into my libations' catacombs and instructed my Baja independent contractor to bring up 10 cases of my finest bottled lagers. And when that Red Sox 3rd baseman puts the sweet spot of the bat, on the ball, my spirits will soar as I watch the artform of using fluid tempo and rhythm to produce nearly effortless bat speed.
I've already planned ahead on roster construction for future years, but I will take a few breaks to see how the 2013 roster construction turns out. It will either crumble, teeter, or stand tall. Breaking Bad is bad drama but good comedy, but the Red Sox in the post season is the very best entertainment in the only reality TV with some redeeming social value.
probably the best post you have ever made old friend. give my regards to your brother-in-law and tell him to always check his jesus nut.