Thank God Mumbles Menino signed off on mixed drinks being served at Fenway. It looks more and more like you’re going to have to drown your sorrows heading into town to watch this team. Wednesday night gave them their fifth straight loss to start the season.
Are you worried yet?
Surprisingly I’m still not. Maybe it’s because the team is still on my fringe radar. Let me explain.
Last night for instance. I was watching the Bruins. I knew the Sox were on NESN+ (which it took a trip to NESN’s website for me to find) but really didn’t care enough to tune in. Instead I watched the Bruins beat the Islanders. They only have two more games before we hit the playoffs.
The Sox are slow starting. Do you remember they did last year too?
In fact that team that’s about four hours south on 95 has started slow for quite a few seasons. In fact so slow that they were a fourth place team in June a couple years back. Yet when the weather heated up, so did the bats. I think the same thing is going to happen with the Sox.
So I apologize to my friends that are Orioles fans. I don’t think that they will stay in first place. Personally I would love it since they’re a team that doesn’t have a $200 or $165 million payroll like the Sox or Yankees, but I don’t think it’s realistic. I have a feeling their bullpen will falter down the stretch and probably be blown out by August.
That’s when the nine figure payrolls will be surging. It just so happens the Sox are one of those teams.
So what happens today? I’m going to guess the Sox pull it out. Lester on the mound gives me confidence. I think the team needs a win before taking on division rival New York over the weekend.