Let’s just end the season now!
Okay, so I actually listened to the last two innings of today’s 1-0 loss to the supposedly hapless Cleveland Indians, and it has gotten so pathetic I’d just like to have Sharon Stone drive an ice pick through my brain now and put me out of my misery (bet you were wondering how I was going to make that photo into a reference).
Neither Carl Crawford nor Dustin Pedroia could muster a big hit when the Sox had two runners aboard in the top of the eighth. That failure to score would haunt them in the bottom of the inning when the Indians scored without the benefit of a hit after Daniel Bard walked the number nine hitter to lead things off. Then in the top of the ninth, the Sox had one last gasp when, with two outs, David Ortiz walked, but pinch runner Darnell McDonald over-ran second base on an infield hit by J.D. Drew and was thrown out, ending the game. The Indians sweep and the 0-6 Sox return to Fenway for the home-opening series against the Yankees. Who knows. Maybe the Yankee rivalry is just what is needed to spark a fire beneath this band of under-achievers.
In a related story: After last night’s loss, Terry Francona talked about being consistent:
Regardless of what my personality is with the coaches, if we don’t maintain some consistency, I think that’s going to send up a red flag out in the clubhouse. That’s the best thing we can do, is just be consistent.
Ah, Terry, consistency is good when you’re playing well. Consistency is not so good when you consistently suck. If Francona were captain of the Titanic, he would have said, “Well, I didn’t set off a siren or launch the life boats because I didn’t want to alarm the passengers.”