Friday, May 28, 2004

Check

Look, it's easy to say the Red Sox are good when they're 5 of their last 6. Michael Silverman thinks it's time to stop and smell the roses. Sure, fine, sniff a flower, but this isn't the way it's supposed to work. You don't trash a team when they get swept and vaunt them when they sweep. Two weeks ago the Red Sox were being taken apart for lousy defense and mediocre hitting, and now, seven wins later (5 against Toronto and Tampa Bay) they're going to cruise to the playoffs? If there is any reaction more Bostonian, I'd love to know what it is. They're a team, folks. They will play badly and they will play well. If you're going to continually judge their ability by what happened in the last 5 days then you're going to continually be wrong. Our job as fans, writers, and, dare I say, thinkers, is to take a critical look at this club and try to establish the BIG PICTURE. How are they on the whole, how do we expect them to fare over the long haul, what standards can we reasonably hold them to? Look at the club, think about its strengths and weaknesses, and form a permanent friggin opinion. When they play badly, stick to it. Say, "You know, they stink right now, but they're better than this, they'll turn it around". When they're hot, be aware that they will cool off and eventually find their level. Unless you feel they're aces, and they'll beat everyone (not an unreasonable opinion). But don't just sway with the tides of talk show callers and anecdotal blowouts. That's simple, average, and frankly, sort of boring. If all else fails, remember the great words of one of this country's finest adjuticators, Judge Smails:

It's easy to grin
When your ship comes in
And you've got the stock market beat.
But the man worthwhile,
Is the man who can smile,
When his shorts are too tight in the seat.

Have a good Memorial Day. Go Sox.
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