Friday, July 02, 2004
Are the Sox playing well? No. The Sox are having issues for numerous reasons all of which have been bantered all around New England and beyond. During Wednesday’s game, my buddy called. We debated for about 10 minutes about which pitcher Tito Jackson should call on with the bases loaded. Foulke was my guy; he agreed with Tito. My thought was that the game was on the line right then and there. The momentum had shifted, which only seems to occur in playoff baseball or when the Sox-MFY tangle. Foulke could get four outs, then you have Timlin and Embree for a fresh (no men on) ninth. Tito had to bring in his best guy. If he did not and the opponent scored, the game was likely over with Flash and Rivera ready. Of course, Ortiz should have made the play, but it was not a routine and easy play. Foulke may have been able to induce an easier play or no defensive play with a strikeout. The point is that I became negative like nearly every member of the RSN. And it did not stop. Later, I called the same guy and bitched out Nomar. Something to the affect of, “I am tired for his f*&^ing first pitch swinging infield popping out machine s#!t; god damn side-arm fling into the dugout crap.”
As I have said before, it is not healthy that 30 or so men that you have never met have so much influence on my daily attitude and after reading Bill Simmons today, I decided that I need to take a few steps back. With that being said, the whole month of July, I pledge not to read any Boston area sports newspaper sections, listen to Boston sports talk radio, watch Boston sports television and visit the many Sox message boards. I’ll still watch the games and continue to post on a near daily basis but I will eliminate my exposure to all unnecessary possible negative vibes. Positive things happen to positive people. Well…it couldn’t hurt, right?