That which will not be mentioned!
Time to avoid the sports pages and web sites discussing baseball for a few days, or maybe weeks. That which will not be mentioned has occurred and the best thing Red Sox fans — or at least this Red Sox fan — can do is to just ignore it. Pretend it didn’t happen. When Sports Center comes on, stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes and chant, “Oh four, oh four, oh four” over and over a again until it is safe to get back to watching football previews for the upcoming weekend. Today and probably tomorrow will be the worst. Stories may go on for a few minutes, but with the weekend almost here, football will quickly push aside this latest tragedy, and we’ll get back to updates on Tom Brady’s knee, Eli Manning’s heel, the showdown between the Cowboys and Eagles, and other important gridiron concerns. (But beware, there will be a resurgence of the story when the inevitable ticker-tape period takes place, probably on Monday or maybe Saturday.)
Then, in a couple of weeks, the off-season will begin in earnest, and we can begin discussing Theo Epstein’s mission as he ramps up for 2010, with the hope of ensuring this kind of travesty does not happen again.