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July 10, 2007

“Ah, you hate to see another tired man lay down his hand like he was giving up the holy game of poker.”

Filed under: Baseball — Tags: , , , — Perich @ 10:26 am

The Boston Red Sox are on a historic tear, 12 10 games ahead of the Yankees.  The fans have been behind the team with record support.  The bullpen’s contributing, the new call-up players are fan favorites.  And we’re 12 10 games ahead of the Yankees.  How sweet it is, right?

As of July 10th, 2007, the Boston Red Sox are 53-34, having gone 5-5 on their last ten.

Oh NoesAs of last year’s All-Star Break (July 11th, 2006), the Boston Red Sox were 51-32, having gone 6-4 on their last ten.  They ended the season 11 games behind the Yankees, in a slump that most fans were ashamed to be seen watching.

The moral, as always: it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

When I did debate in high school, we’d play Hearts in the long idle hours between rounds.  Our debate coach Mr. Durkin taught us the game and he was never too big of a man not to whup our asses at the game soundly.  The trick to pro-level Hearts play is to count the cards (not hard with just one deck) and know what tricks are still out there.  He made it look easy.

Bring out the bitch!In games where it wasn’t even close, Mr. Durkin would lay down his last five or six cards and just play them blind.  Flipping them over lazily one at a time, sending freshmen back to his room to grab beer out of the sink (“and I counted how many are in there”).  One or two of us would try the same stunt when we felt cocky, almost always blushing and fumbling the cards back up once we realized we’d counted wrong.

“You never play your cards blind,” Mr. Durkin reminded us, “unless you know how the game’s going to turn out.”

Let me remind Red Sox Nation, high on the thrill of an early lead, the same thing I remind them every time they end the summer down: they don’t play the World Series in August. Don’t start folding your hands behind your head just yet.  Don’t start buying that Jordan’s furniture.  Don’t throw your cards down and play them blind.

The season’s young.  Anything could happen.

  • Serpico

    This entry was the lime after the tequila shot of my entry.

  • An almost ironic symmetry, but I swear I had it written before the Sox dropped three to Detroit.

  • Serpico

    Which is why I see “12 games up” instead of “10”.

  • BedelBlitz

    One of the things I love about the 10 game lead is that we aren’t playing to full capacity thus far. How many games have we Astroed our starting pitching by giving zero, one, or two runs in support? Assuming Papi and Manny aren’t hiding injuries, they are going to start to stroke. When that happens, 20 games isn’t out of the question.

    Papelbon. (He’s so good, he closes my Red Sox thoughts as well as games.)

  • 20 games up! You heard it here first.

  • M. Witty

    Bear in mind, we’ve played only three of our 19 games against the Devil Rays this season.

  • Hawver

    Perich, you aren’t allowed to say “The season is still young” after the All Star Break – the cliche you are looking for is “There is still a lot of baseball to be played”. Also, you can substitute “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” to mix it up a bit.

  • Thanks, Hawver. Also – his numbers aren’t good, but he’s got great intangibles.

  • angryed

    since the yankees still have a chance at the division, why don’t you post a ‘Red Sox Ruin My Summah Magic Numba’ on this web site? I googled that shit, and it says somewhere that is is currently 67- have Will create an algorithm to check it.

    p.s. aren’t there other teams to worry about in baseball – other than NYY??

  • Hawver

    He plays the game the way it should be played. Also, he takes it one game at a time.

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