September Is Right Here. Upon Us THIS Friday
And the Red Sox and Red Sox Nation are wounded. Mortally? NO,not yet. We'll have a much better idea when Friday's September start arrives, and we'll have one game under our belts. One of four with Boston killer (this year, so far) Toronto. But if we don't start winning on a much more consistant basis, say 2 of every 3, we are in deepening dog doo. When will it make sense to shut down Timmy Wakefield for good rather than take the chance of him hurting himself when that's the last thing we'd want? And while we're 7 or so games out of any chance for post season play? The next week and a half will answer that question, and I will pose the same question when it comes to Manny. He is hurting. We know that know. When the first reports surfaced, my first reaction was, "Oh no, more Manny being Manny when we need him the most? My anti-Manny comments were few (2) and quickly updated when I found out that the club had ordered an MRI, a step they or any club would not take except if the fears and uncertainty were there. Luckily, there was no actual structural damage, so Manny will be the one who knows when Manny will be able to go from one game to the next. To take the chance of causing a more serious injury with continued playing? When the team is out so many games? A tough question which will be made much easier to answer with continued .500 baseball. But we do not want Manny to blow out his knee. We all agree with that. And as for comments directed to me after my anti-Manny article (look back 8 days or so, you'll find them), I did not come to my opinion, (anti- Manny such as it was and quickly made more clear in the very next post), by or because of reading any other Boston sportswriters, names all known to everybody. When I expressed my opinion of Manny it was based on his past history, his "Mannyness", quirky and confounding as it has been the last few years. So no, Tim. While ALL your comments are based in negativity towards me, maybe it would be better that if in the future you want to attack me, and attack me for the sake of attacking me, keep your comments to yourself. Unless your interpretations of said future comments have a real factual basis that I missed. But to attack just because, well because I have no idea why, well, ssshhhh. I'm glad you read me, and your comments are welcome anytime. As long as they're not written just to be negative.
Back to the Sox. With Lester in Boston, WMP out for a undetermined time, and the other injuries that we know all too well, it's simple. We have to win games. And starting now. A tall order. Given the state of the club right now, today, yes. A very tall order indeed. But I have faith. And that unwavering faith has been with me, been a part of me, for decades. Anyone who suggests otherwise is just not making sense. And so? We win. Tonight. And we get used to it. Or Friday will be here in the blink of an eye. Thank you for your continued support and readership. It means so much.