It’s official, the Red Sox have finally reached the lowest of the low in their 2006 season. This road trip against last place teams is a certified disaster as even a win behind Schilling on Thursday will make it a 2-4 trip.
That said, is the season over? OF COURSE NOT. You don’t find out about a team when times are good, you find out about a team when times are bad. This pothole is something that offers the Red Sox two choices — sink into it or lift their way out of it.
There are too many good players on this team — even with the injuries — for me to believe that these guys are just going to pack up and go South from here on out.
They need a galvanizing moment like the one Jason Varitek delivered to A-Rod at home plate on July 24, 2004. Something needs to happen. Obviously something more original than an Ortiz walkoff homer becasue that seems to happen twice a week.
There are still 50 games left in the season. That’s a lot of baseball. Assuming Schilling can right the ship, they have a bad Orioles team coming in to Fenway this weekend.
I am fascinated to see what the next week to two weeks hold. We’ve seen this team pull their way out of the depths before. Guys are pressing. That’s natural. Even Papelbon admitted last night he was trying to do too much.
I’m not saying that the Red Sox WILL make the playoffs. I’m simply saying not to get too low just because they are in a miserable slump. A baseball season is 162 games for a reason.