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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Epic fail

It feels like piling on. But even as a non-Red Sox fan, I must admit to complete shock at one of the most amazing chokes I have ever witnessed.

The TV went off last night with the Sox in a rain delay, leading Baltimore 3-2 and the Rays trailing the Yankees 7-0. To discover the Rays roared back while the Sox whimpered out was nothing short of mind-numbing.

Wasn't this the team being touted as the second coming of Babe Ruth and the 1927 Yankees?

Unlike the sudden demise of the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, the signs were all there. The Red Sox were clearly the best team in baseball between May and August. Unfortunately for them there was another month on each side of the season and the Greatest Team in history played those months more like my Cleveland Indians during their lowest days.

There is going to be a lot of soul-searching among Sox fans in the days and months ahead, with calls for the heads of Theo Epstein and Terry Francona.

But a little perspective. These are the guys who reversed the curse in 2004 and 2007. These are not the Bucky Bleeping Dent Red Sox who found ways to lose on a regular basis.

They are one of the most expensive collection of players ever assembled who failed to meet inflated expectations set in part by their inflated salaries. But the writers and fans who set those expectations play a role in the failure too.

I have a lot more to look forward to with my 80-game winning Tribe, who beat ever expectation I could have had -- with a much smaller payroll.

That will make the winter a little shorter and warmer for me.

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