The Baseball Desert

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Fear not, for I bring you glad tidings of great joy

Red Sox Nation is not yet in a state of despair, but the Red Sox really need to get out of the rut they're in and start playing smarter baseball. A case in point was last night's failed rundown attempt in the top of the 5th: it started with the Orioles' Melvin Mora thinking that the bases were loaded, when in fact there were runners on 2nd and 3rd - he started to walk home and was immediately caught in a rundown by the Red Sox infield. Ten seconds later, the Red Sox had made five five-yard throws - two of them errant - and still failed to get Mora out at the plate. The NESN broadcast team pretty much said it all: "And that's about as ugly a play as you're ever gonna see in a game of baseball". This must stop - they need to 'Cowboy Up' and start playing real baseball again.