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Miserable Musings

The Sox are one game up in the Wild Card race with 3 to play. And a day after Jacoby Ellsbury’s dramatic home-run that will hopefully inject some life into this team, all people are talking about is John Lackey’s post-game tirade against the press.

For those who don’t know, Lackey — who was seen swearing and showing up his manager on television when Terry Francona removed him from the game last night — went on a tirade against the media after the game because a TMZ reporter texted him 30 minutes prior to the game to ask him about filing for divorce from his wife, who is currently battling cancer.

Now Lackey, who continues to make Carl Everett look like Albert Einstein, has created a distraction in the final days of a season for a much-hyped team that is on the edge of crumbling. He may be the only player in Red Sox history who could make fans think JD Drew isn’t so bad. Between rolling his eyes when teammates don’t make plays, his historically terrible season, and cursing out his manager (who has stood by him all season) for taking him out of a close, must-win game given said historically terrible season, Lackey is making a strong case for most hated Sox player by Sox fans ever.

While we’re on the subject of Lackey, I know a lot of people think his filing for divorce is a terrible thing and feel so bad for his wife. And it is a terrible thing. But don’t feel bad for her because of this. That’s what you get when you marry somebody strictly for money. How do I know she married him strictly for money? Well, then, did she marry him for his good looks, his intellect, or his charming personality?

Meanwhile, this Red Sox team is arguably the least enjoyable Red Sox team of the last 16 years. Sure, the 2001 team had a lot of selfish jerks and that team imploded late in the season. But, at that point, the Sox still hadn’t won the World Series yet, and they had fought through an incredible number of injuries to key players like Pedro, Nomar and Tek to stay competitive until September. The 2006 team also imploded late in the season, but they were competitive for most of that season and we got to watch Papi’s push for the team home run record. But this team, with it’s huge payroll, superstar line-up and 100-win expectations were SUPPOSED to dominate this year. But right from the opening bell and their 2-10 start, this team has been a terrible disappointment, and hard to root for. Still . . .

Go Sox!

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What Might Have Been

Sox fans have a tendency to be overreactionary every April, when there have been so few games for the passionate fan base to digest. Every win and you hear people claiming we’re winning it all this year; Every loss and they lament this team is going nowhere and question where management went wrong. This April, given the team’s high expectations, even the most level-headed fans had to cringe at the team’s 2 and 10 start. But, alas, it was April . . .

I’ve always said you can’t start to judge a team fairly until it’s at least mid-May. And now that we’ve passed that point, those early struggles are beginning to fade into memory as the true potential of this team is starting to shine. Despite that difficult start, the team is now just a half-game behind the Yankees and 2.5 behind the surging Devil Rays (you’ll always be the “Devil Rays”, Tampa). True, Carl Crawford has yet to find his stride, and Daisuke and Lackey just went on the DL. But no team in baseball has dominant 4 and 5 starters, so the Sox should be able to bide their time. It’s certainly better to right these guys in May then late-September. And we know Crawford is too good a player to continue to scuffle like this. It’s May. And the outlook for 2011 is still bright.

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The Cubs come into Fenway this weekend for the first time since the 1918 World Series. Let me just say upfront that I don’t like the Cubs. I don’t feel any kinship with them. Don’t like their fanbase. Didn’t like Harry Carey’s singing voice. And, honestly, I’m not nearly as excited about this series as I thought I would be.

Sure, the history isn’t lost on me. But, really, this is just a regular season series against a another team, and you just hope the Sox can beat them up and keep on rolling.

However, I can’t help but think about what might have been in 2003. In what was one of the greatest Octobers in baseball history, the Sox and Cubs were poised to meet in a historic World Series. The Sox almost had Game 7 against the Yankees won when Grady Little’s ineptitude reared its empty head; and the Cubs were just 5 outs away when Bartman interfered with foul ball and the Cubs went on to complete an epic collapse.

But what a Series it might have been. Both historic franchises; both with passionate fanbases; both their league’s face of baseball futility for more than 85 years. Regardless of how it played out, it would have been amazing to watch.