Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sox stomp on Yanks, Clinch AL Wild Card Berth


It's been a couple of days since my last post, but I'm not dead, I'm still here, just been really busy.

What a couple of days it has been for the Sox. Friday night they get a huge win behind the pitching of David Wells, tie the Yanks, and winning the Division looked like a distinct possibility. Then yesterday, they fell 8-4 to the Yanks, behind the pitching of Randy Johnson. But was it really Johnson's pitching that beat the Sox, or was it the Sox' hitters that beat themselves once again. Once again, the Sox had a couple of great scoring opportunities, the one that sticks out most in my head was early in the game, 2nd or 3rd inning, with Renteria up, bases loaded, 2 outs. He got the count to 3-0, and ended up striking out. It was a huge let down, something the Sox have seemed to patent this season. There have been way too many situations this season where the Sox have left runners in scoring position in crucial situations. Forget crucial situations, any situation. Unlike last year, I don't get that same feeling that with runners on, they would come up with a big hit. Instead, I have a feeling of doubt each time the Sox need a big hit (Unless it's Ortiz). I think this has to do with the numerous times that they haven't come through with runs when they have runners in scoring position.

Ok, well enough about Saturday. Today, the Sox came out, got some guys on, and did what they have done best this year, left guys on. The way Schilling was pitching early on, I thought it was going to be a long day. Jeter hit a rocket, but got thrown out at second, Cano gets on with a softly hit single to Renteria, and then Sheffield later hit a rocket to right. Schilling got out of it, like he did throughout the day, and the Sox bats finally got started. Manny hit a bomb, Mirabelli hit a bomb, and good ole' Billy Meuller hit an absolute bomb for him, to left centerfield, just barely getting over the monster.

I'm not gonna lie, I didn't watch the entire game. I wasn't really interested in watching the celebration afterwards either. It's stupid to me, especially for the wild card winner. What are you celebrating? That you lost the Division to the Yankees once again? I mean, I can understand celebrating after the ALCS and then the World Series, but there really is no reason to be celebrating after the Wild Card. Just slap each other on the ass, or hug everyone, like this team loves to do, get on the bus, and head to Chicago.

So the Sox have to face the other Sox Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Chicago. Clement vs Contreras. Should be fun. More on the series tomorrow. Check back... oh yea... and leave some comments people let's go! Get me motivated to do this thing...