EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


August 22, 2011

Having fun yet, Sox fans?

Let's be honest. If you didn't know better — by looking at the Major League Baseball standings — you'd think the Boston Red Sox would be on the outside looking in as the playoffs get nearer.

Everybody seems to have a bad back. Everybody seems to be headed for a disabled list stint. Yet, the only thing we can do is yawn and long for October.

I have to say it's been pretty boring down there on Yawkey Way and despite what are eyes are telling us, that the Red Sox don't look as good as their record states, they really are world championship contenders.

Sure, the Red Sox are good.

Sure, three or four of their first five hitters are in the MVP discussion. Sure, they have two aces in Jon Lester and Josh Beckett. And sure, they know how to close out a lead in the eighth inning as well as the Yankees ever have been able to do with Mariano Rivera and whomever as his setup man.

I'm just wondering why all of this success has gone unnoticed.

Where's the drama? What happened to hating (in a loving way, of course) the Yankees? Heck, it's been more than two decades since the Yankees came in and out of Boston, twice, with zero histrionics like they have this season.

Nobody cares about the "first-place" Yankees.

While many people will point to the wild card, which for much of the last decade has been the Red Sox ticket to October, as the changing the way we approach the Red Sox in August and September, I wonder if it's more than that.

The fact that the Red Sox and Yankees have bought their way into October is getting old.

Let's compare their plight with Tampa Bay.

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