BOSTON (CBS) – At this moment of midsummer pause in the baseball season, we Sox fans pause as well, to contemplate the All-Star Home Run Derby and ask the age-old question: what am I going to do with myself for the next three nights?
But somehow, this summer, the seemingly endless All-Star break doesn’t seem quite so onerous, because the Sox are terrific and last year is almost forgotten.
On this date last year, the Sox won their 46th game, moving two games over .500. They would go on to lose 49 of their last 72 games, including 12 of their final 13 in a spectacular season-ending swan dive.
Listen to Jon’s commentary:
This year, our boys have 58 wins, and bear almost no resemblance to last year’s chumps.
They work the count, move runners along, attack the basepaths, hit in the clutch, never sulk, and I’m pretty sure they help old ladies across the street whenever they get a chance.
It goes to show that when they listen to the fans, like you and me, things go right.
Weren’t you screaming for them last year to play the kids, play the guys who were hungry, and tell the overpaid whiners – no need to mention Beckett and Gonzalez by name – to take a hike, as I was?
Weren’t you joining me in horror at the first-pitch swinging, the desultory baserunning, and the other imbecilities of the Bobby Valentine era?
Of course you were.
And we were right.
This team may or may not make it to October. We need to get something from Lester and Bucholz soon.
But it’s going to be a great pennant race for Sox fans, because real baseball is back in Boston.
Where it belongs.
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