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Sunday, September 30, 2018

WOW

Over the next 11 to 31 days there will be plenty of time for rending of garments, soiling of drawers and general malaise and agita.  But for now, and the next four days it’s a time to sit back and revel in what we just watched the Boston Red Sox do.  The difference between 107 and 108 is small (1) but for me personally that number of 108 is the one that separates the historic from the great.  The number that something truly remarkable has been achieved.  If you win a series, typically taking 2 out of 3, you’re job is done.  Do that a few times for a month or so and you are hot.  To do that for 162 games…now you have done something truly amazing indeed.

The Sox can point to the collective effort but within the collective there have been the individual performances.  It starts as it must with the stars.  Mookie Betts led the majors in several categories and will almost certainly take home a deserved AL MVP award.  Newcomer JD Martinez led the majors in RBI and set a club record for homers in his first season with the team.  Beyond them Xander Bogaerts took that next step forward to stardom with career highs in homers, RBI, OBP and SLG.  On the mound Chris Sale battled some injury issues in the second half but when he was on the mound was probably the best pitcher in the American League.  Behind him embattled David Price rose to the occasion with his best season for the club with particular effectiveness in the second half to make up for the absence of Sale.

Behind the stars though what was great to see what the performances of the less heralded players.  Guys like Blake Swihart, Hector Velazquez, Brian Johnson, Sandy Leon, Ryan Brasier and so many others found a way to contribute night in and night out.  Alex Cora, Tim Hyers, Dana Lavangie and the rest of the coaching staff have a lot to be pleased about.  They clearly had this team ready to play every night and when guys got a break the players who stepped in got the job done.

The playoffs will be far from a walkover.  The Yankees and A’s are both outstanding teams but the Sox have earned home field advantage with a club record 108 wins and for the next few days, I at least want to sit back and just bask in the glow of this.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 30, 2018 at 08:11 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Textbook Editor Posted: September 30, 2018 at 11:09 PM (#5756024)
I'll say here the thing that might have made me happiest this season is that they DIDN'T give up on Swihart. He played every position except CF, SS, and P, and while he's not a superstar, he turned a corner simply by being healthy and showing glimpses of the bat we thought he could be 2 years ago. Having another Brock Holt around is never a bad thing.

108 wins really is something else. 4 AL teams with 97+ wins is really crazy.
   2. TomH Posted: October 01, 2018 at 07:50 AM (#5756076)
most team wins in a season, Post-integration

116 01 Mariners
114 98 Yanks*
111 54 Indians
109 69 Orioles*
108 86 Mets
108 75 Reds
108 70 Orioles
108 18 Red Sox

* expansion year
the Orioles were a dynasty
   3. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 01, 2018 at 08:38 AM (#5756091)
Good call TE, even I was saying it was probably time to punt Swihart at one point.
   4. villageidiom Posted: October 01, 2018 at 08:52 AM (#5756096)
I liked how you did the math on the difference between 107 and 108, and provided the result. This isn't just some place for opinion and snark; we deliver a level of mathematical analysis you won't find anywhere else!

This was a great season. I look forward to the postseason tournament.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 01, 2018 at 08:57 AM (#5756099)
Sometimes Yankee fans check in at Sox Therapy and I wanted to help them with the math.
   6. villageidiom Posted: October 01, 2018 at 09:33 AM (#5756115)
Fair point. Their fans sure seem to need a lot of time to count to 27. They're constantly counting to 27. Some have been working on it for years. I mean, it's basic math. Hell, you don't even need to do the math; you can look it up.

Maybe they run out of fingers or something and don't know what to do. I think we should help them out. If each of us here lets them use one of our fingers they might be able to finish their counting. What do you say? Would you be willing to give a finger to a Yankees fan?
   7. TomH Posted: October 01, 2018 at 11:02 AM (#5756200)
Ringzzz since 2003: Sox 3, Yanks 1, and that was one of the worst WS winning performances ever. When your pitchers allow 11 home runs in 6 games, you are really fortunate to get a trophy.
   8. Textbook Editor Posted: October 01, 2018 at 12:03 PM (#5756270)
It still, STILL makes me sad that Pedro's career ended with that Game 6 WS performance in 2009. He deserved to go out with something better.
   9. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 02, 2018 at 01:32 PM (#5757413)
In the least surprising news ever both Friday (7:32PM) and Saturday (8:15PM) will be prime time affairs.
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: October 02, 2018 at 01:58 PM (#5757456)
I'll be there Friday! That's the start time I was hoping for.
   11. SandyRiver Posted: October 09, 2018 at 08:31 AM (#5762959)
Add the Mantle-Maris Yanks of expansion 1961, 109 wins.

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