Time to get out the rally caps
Game 4 of the ALCS was a blowout, I’m not going to lie. The Sox just haven’t been playing well. It’s not just one person, it’s kind of like the entire team is in a collective hitting slump. Tim Wakefield, who had been dominant against the Rays throughout his career, was anything but last night. It really proved to me, and I think a lot of other people, that this is just a different Rays club. They sent Tim Wakefield back to the bench after 2 2/3 innings. Just Masterson came in and pitched a couple of solid innings, walking one and striking out four. It’s nice to know that he is so reliable. Unfortunately, you can’t say the same about Manny Delcarmen, who gave up another 6 runs and loaded up the bases for Javier Lopez. Kevin Cash hit his first postseason homerun in his first postseason at-bat, and that was probably the highlight of the game. David Ortiz broke his 0-for-12 skid with a huge triple and the Red Sox had a mini rally in the eighth inning cutting the deficit to nine runs. But everyone knew that it was over. Terry Francona’s attempt to move JD Drew up to the leadoff spot and bench Jacoby Ellsbury proved unsuccessful. It was a good attempt, they needed some kind of switch. But I think that switch is from off to on.The one thing that disappoints me a lot, is to see the cluster of Red Sox fans leaving midway through the game. They’re probably the financial elite, but if you’re a true Sox fans. You sit there until the end, and say: damn, we’re losing, but I still love this team. You never give up. The question is, can history repeat itself? The Red Sox have did it in 1986 against the Angels (then went on to play the Mets and lose in seven painfully memorable games), in 2004 against the Yankees (and went on to win the world series for the first time in 86 years against the Cardinals in a four game sweep) and in 2007 against the Indians, with whom we were tied with for the best record in baseball (and went on to win the world series in four against the Rockies who had one 20 out of their last 21). The notion that lightning can’t strike twice in one place (that place being the ALCS) has been proved a fallacy, and it seems to me that history can repeat itself. As Ian Browne (I think) of redsox.com put it so well “The Red Sox are the Lazerus of baseball”. It’s so true. So folks, it’s time to get the rally caps out.