Swept! 5-0! I can't believe it. They lost big. They lost small. The starters, the middle-men, the closer, the veterans, the rookies, all of 'em. Heck, they were soooo bad, the guy that blew the Sunday night game (on ESPN nonetheless) was back in AAA on Monday. How embarrassing!!! Sorry to interupt the Nashville recaps, but hearts, big and small, all over New England and the world, are broken today. The Red Sox started the five game series 1.5 games behind the Yankees, still in contention for the division title and a spot in the playoffs. As of today's loss, brought to you by a wild pitch, yes, that's right, the winning run scored on a wild pitch, the Sox are now 6.5 games behind the Yankees. Their post season hopes are on life support and the attending physician has gone home for the night and told the nurse, "just make the patient comfortable until the end." I hope I'm wrong, but, I'm told this is how it went down in '78 when the Yanks came to Boston for four games with the Sox, four games behind them, and left town tied for first, having oblitterated the Sox in what was referred to at the time as the Boston Massacre. That season ended with the Sox rallying to tie the Yankees for first. A dramatic one game playoff at Fenway was decided by light hitting Bucky Dent, prolonging the eventual 86 year curse that continued to haunt the franchise for roughly 2 more decades. I fear, or at least Daddy fears, that we may be witness to the beginning of another prolonged and anguished drought of winning...when do the Patriots kick off?
[As an aside: there have been four Boston Massacres, including the original in the 1770s, the '78 series noted above, the Celtics 30-point route of the Lakers in game one of the '85 NBA Finals and this most recent massacre-slash-debacle.]