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Are the Red Sox still great? Maybe we'll find out

Posted on: October 14, 2008 5:26 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2008 5:34 pm
 

BOSTON -- Interesting to see how Manny Ramirez reacted when people suggested that Boston's two ALCS comebacks (in 2004 and 2007) should give hope to the Dodgers, who are now down three games to one to the Phillies.

"That's in Boston," Ramirez told reporters at Dodger Stadium. "That was a great team."

The Red Sox famously rallied from a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees in '04, and came back from 3-1 down against the Indians last year. But as Manny said, those were great teams.

Now the Sox down two games to one to the Rays, with the chance that they could fall behind 3-1 tonight.

Of course they could come back from that. But is this still a great team?

One thing's for sure. It's not the same team. There are only four players left from the '04 team (Tim Wakefield, David Ortiz, Jason Varitek and Mike Timlin). There are 17 players back from last year.

But Manny is gone, of course. Mike Lowell is missing due to injury, and the Red Sox said today that Lowell will have surgery on his hip next week. Josh Beckett seems to be hurting (although the Red Sox continue to deny it), and Ortiz may be hurting, too.

Are they great? Maybe we'll find out.

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With Jacoby Ellsbury hitless in his last 20 at-bats, Red Sox manager Terry Francona went to Coco Crisp in center field tonight, and went to J.D. Drew as his leadoff hitter.

Drew has led off 59 times in his career, including 17 times for the Red Sox in 2007 and eight times this year.

"Last year we hit him leadoff to get him going," Francona said. "This year, it was more out of necessity."

The reason today, Francona said, is that Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine holds runners on so well that it's almost pointless to have a base-stealing threat in the leadoff spot. There were only four steals attempted while Sonnanstine was on the mound this year, and just one was successful.

 

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Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2008 9:57 am
 

Are the Red Sox still great? Maybe we'll find out

Hey Pip, do you like apples?

..."master's", what a sack of garbage.  The Angels said that too and got handed their heads on a platter as usual.  Tampa is in for a long, painful, mind numbing series if they take Boston lightly like you are.  Not only will the Rays lose, they'll lose in a horrifically heartbreaking manor, and I'll laugh at your face when they do.

Yeah, I thought so, how's them apples?



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 11:03 pm
 

Are the Red Sox still great? Maybe we'll find out

How ya liking the scoreboard ZionT?  Hahahahahahaha.....that's me laughing in your face!




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2008 7:39 pm
 

Are the Red Sox still great? Maybe we'll find out

Thanks Pip for your vote of confidence.

As usual, people who trash talk get burned the worst.  Rays have made this interesting, definitely put the Red Sox on the hot seat.  However; that's the difference between inexperienced, saucy, success-drunk fans from Tampa versus Boston.  Here, we don't take anything for granted.  Especially not a 2-1 lead that it is whimsical at best.  Yesterday was the first time the Rays looked good against Boston.

"master's", what a sack of garbage.  The Angels said that too and got handed their heads on a platter as usual.  Tampa is in for a long, painful, mind numbing series if they take Boston lightly like you are.  Not only will the Rays lose, they'll lose in a horrifically heartbreaking manor, and I'll laugh at your face when they do.



Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 7:12 pm
 

Are the Red Sox still great? Maybe we'll find out

I have been a die-hard Rays fan for the last five years and have been delighted to see them marching towards the pennant. They have owned Wakefield the last two times they have seen him, but strange things seem to happen in these playoffs. Before this trip to Boston, I thought that the Lester game would be a likely loss with the Wakefield game being the one to win. Things could turn out just the opposite. I am nervous about this one because everyone is saying the Rays will win -- could be a jinx!



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