On An Aside
JD Drew almost hit a home run.
Julio Lugo hit a grand slam.
The Red Sox won.
The Yankees lost.
Is everyone breathing? Is everyone ok? Is the sky still falling?
Like I said to someone calling into the TLBR celly this week, "it's not the panic line."
Guess what: seven games was a lot heading into tonight. Eight games is even more.
It's 10 days from the trading deadline. THAT's the unofficial end of the season. That's when teams make decisions: do I stay or do I go?
I'm still very confident in the Red Sox' chances. And in terms of having a "skid," is there a better time than early/mid-July? Why?
Because you expose your weaknesses and you have the time (and the period) to change it.
Ok, are the Sox going to trade Clay Bucholz for Mark Teixiera? Probably not. But that's what guys like Clay et al are there for, especially for a big-market team.
Clay is likely "untouchable" but the Sox front office has plenty of time to get their issues straightened. Perhaps they're already on the roster. Perhaps they're somewhere else.
But it's coming and it'll be fine.
Here's a humble blogger thinking that Craig Hansen's slider might make a return for the Sept. run. If there's a chance, it's very very slim that he'd make a postseason roster, but hell. He's 23. If he can make a strong September, it'll bode well for '08.