The Baseball Desert

Monday, October 03, 2005

Three Little Words

In the end, the Red Sox didn't need any help yesterday from the White Sox - they went out and got the job done against the Yankees.

I'm not going to pretend that it hasn't been a stressful ride, but the fact remains that the Red Sox won 95 games, despite having no ace and no closer for a good part of the season, and that - for the first time in club history - they are going to the postseason for the third straight year. If that isn't enough cause to celebrate, then maybe we need a reminder of what's in store for fans of other teams (e.g. the Mariners):

If you came here looking for in-depth analysis of the Sox' postseason chances, then you've come to the wrong place - there are plenty of places where you'll find theories on the Sox' pitching woes. I would just like to point out, though, that these are the same places that were reminding us last October that no team had ever come back from a 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series.

During yesterday's clubhouse celebrations both Curt Schilling and David Wells reminded us that Tuesday sees the start of a new season - the slate is wiped clean and everyone is 0-0. Anything can (and sometimes does) happen, so I'll leave the last word(s) to Manny: