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Tuesday, August 10, 2004


stop taking the doom and gloom pills that of the Boston media pass out on a daily basis. It ain’t so bad.

Playoff Standings – the Top Two Play in October

Oak – 63-48
Ana – 62-50
Tex – 60-50
Bos – 60-50

There is reason to believe - the Sox are only a game out of a playoff spot.

The fact of the matter is that this season has been inexplicably strange for Boston. A season full of hope turned to a season full of what-ifs. What if they had stayed healthy? What if Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe had pitched up to expectations? What if they knew how to use Foulke? What if they could hit with the bases loaded? What if their pitchers didn't fall apart every time somebody made an error?

And despite all the what-ifs, the Red Sox somehow find themselves just two games back in the wild card race. All of those what-ifs can't keep going against them all season, can they? They've survived four months of weirdness and still have a shot at the playoffs, and the fact that they've had to deal with all this crap must mean that they'll surge ahead if the crap goes away, right?

Ben Jacobs assement of the Red Sox season is dead on. I could not have said it better myself. Even though 20% of the Opening Day roster is on the DL, the club is in a good position to make the postseason. It might be the best time to have the JV team on the field with the lightwieghts on the schedule for the rest of the month. Hopefully, everyone will be healthy when Anaheim, Texas and Oakland are up.

A Few Weekend Leftovers

• As a salute to Rick James, I wore my “I’m Rick James, Bitch” t-shirt out on Friday night.

• Entourage is starting to grow on me due to Jeremy Piven and wanting the life of a movie star or one of his buddies, but the jury is still out on the show's entertainment value.


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