Well, what do you really say after a day like today. 99 times out of 100 Papelbon saves that game. 99 times out of 100 Brady wins it for you when he has the ball at midfield with 90 seconds left. But today. Well, today in both games, it was the 100th time. The Pats will play on (and continue getting better) but, for the Sox, the season is over.
It is a crazy thing having a favorite team in the playoffs. There is so much hope, optimism and excitement. You just feel like your guys will find a way to get it done. I really believed that, despite being down 0-2 to the Angels, we would find a way to win. And, up 5-1 early and 6-4 in the 9th, I was already liking our chances with Lester and Beckett…But, alas, it wasn’t to be. The fact is that this team just wasn’t quite good enough. They couldn’t hit good pitching for most of the year (especially the second half) and seemed to only be able to beat the teams they were supposed to beat. It will an interesting offseason but, for now, all that is left to do is reflect on the season that was and turn our attention to the Celtics, Bruins and Patriots. And, in doing so, we can consider ourselves lucky that we do have other teams to focus on. Even if one of those teams had a heartbreaking loss in Denver today.
Thank you to the Red Sox for a fun year. Theo – the ball is in your court. Time to make us even better for next year!