Not even a strong outing by Clay Buchholz could raise the spirits of Sox fans last night.
Watching the 2012 Boston Red Sox has become a liability to both the health and sanity of their fans, particularly in recent weeks with stories about their dysfunctional clubhouse being published on a seemingly daily basis. The unfortunate thing is it’s been this way since the start of the season, with signs of inconsistency present early and often, especially in the April 21st contest against the New York Yankees during which the Sox blew a 9-1 lead and lost, 15-9. At the time, Bobby Valentine claimed that the loss marked the “lowest point of the season” for Boston. Well, he was wrong. Even following a 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles last night, the Sox have still lost six of their last nine and are just 5-10 in August. In order to make an improbable run to the playoffs, the team would need to go 32-10 in its last 42 contests or better to be in contention. Unless they suddenly flip a magic switch which completely adjusts their play all-around and fires up the team (other than at their own manager), such fantasies will not be fulfilled. No, this team will likely finish third place or lower in the A.L. East, with the Tampa Bay Rays or Toronto Blue Jays likely to beat them out. So basically, a Sox playoff berth is impossible. And is it really a surprise? After all, did we really trust the “me-first” personality of Bobby Valentine to discipline the erratic culture of this ballclub and turn them into the winning team they’re supposed to be? For some reason, I bought into the hype, and now I’ve been left frustrated to watch as they continue to struggle on the field while having issues nonstop off of it. I’m embarrassed to be a fan of the Red Sox as of now, and with football season drawing near I say why bother even watching them on TV anymore. Sure, I will probably go to the remaining few games I have left in my ticket pack simply to take advantage of the experience of going to Fenway Park. But I won’t waste my time watching them anymore, not to falsely get my hopes up then have them dashed every time the team wins more than two games in a row. Because that’s all this team is good for, is letting you down. So I’m not going to bother with them anymore. Not me. Not no way, not no how.