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Does the final two weeks of the baseball season indicate anything about October success? Probably not.
In most cases, there's no real connection between how you finish the season and whether you host the... um... the... Fay Vincent Trophy?
Anyway, the Red Sox recent six-game skid, losers of 8 of their last 10 (including getting shelled by the sad sack Blue Jays) are not exactly developing much confidence that they're playing their best baseball right now.
The '07 Rockies had to basically win every game in September just to make the playoffs. They did... and they did. And the momentum of that tear carried the Rox into the World Series.
Just a year earlier, the '06 Cardinals, however, staggered to the finish line. Winners of just 83 games, St. Louis seemingly got better as the playoffs unfloded and ended up winning the World Series.
Should Red Sox Nation be concerned about the way these last two weeks have gone? Yes. Kinda.
Look, imagine I had just come off a grueling six months of doing this radio show every night and next Thursday, the corporate suits were in town to sit in the studio and make a decision whether to fire me.
Next Thursday (the date of Game One of the ALDS) would have to be my best show. The pressure would be on. I wanna keep this job (I have leases on four Bentleys and a slew of Baby Mamas across the country).
I'd like to take my foot off the gas, take a breather over the next week so that I was refreshed to do my best work when the suits were in town.
And I'd be confident that even with a few bad shows sprinkled over the last ten days, I could churn out a solid show when I had to.
But if I had six TERRIBLE shows in a row... or had eight crap nights in the last week and a half where I forgot stats, calls were awful and I tried to make the argument that KG should have a gender operation to become the greatest WNBA player who ever lived... that would be a concern.
No, the final two weeks aren't a clear indicator on how the postseason will go. But do you wanna have six atrocious nights in a row just a week before you start the biggest week of your year?
I don't. I have leases to pay off.
Sox and Suits
Posted on: October 1, 2009 9:32 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2009 9:38 pm