Legends of the Fall

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Oct 31, 2018 9:12:53 AM

When the Red Sox clinched the 2018 World Series last Sunday night, the first emotion was one of intense relief – relief that this wonderfully dynamic and exciting team actually managed to run the table and win an all-too-elusive championship. 

As I discussed the next morning with my partner and fellow baseball fanatic, Rich Jones, it is extremely common for great baseball teams to stumble before crossing the finish line. The Boston Red Sox teams of 1975 and 1986, for example, had similarly talented teams that enjoyed similarly jubilant seasons, only to come up oh-so-short in the seventh game of each World Series. Quadruple that comment for the 1967 Red Sox: The "Impossible Dream" team kept the Dream alive until the last out of the seventh game of the World Series. So close and yet so painfully far. The gods of baseball are indeed fickle.

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Topics: Boston Red Sox

Halfway Home

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Oct 26, 2018 4:52:17 PM

The Boston Red Sox are “halfway home” to a World Series Championship, having jumped to a 2-0 lead in games over the Los Angeles Dodgers, which, paradoxically, means that they are now “on the road” for three games in Los Angeles.

The Red Sox have been an amazingly successful road team during these 2018 playoffs, taking two-in-a-row at Yankee Stadium, followed by three-in-a-row in Houston – all played against the two best teams (other than the Red Sox) in baseball this season. Pretty darned impressive so far!

At the moment, there is a confident – and perhaps over-confident – sense that the last baseball game of the season has been played at Fenway Park, and that the Red Sox will win at least two of three games at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and jubilantly close out one of the most successful seasons in Major League Baseball history.

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Topics: Boston Red Sox, Boston Sports, World Series

Red Sox on the Cusp

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Oct 19, 2018 8:50:57 AM

My buddy Darren from Australia is a die-hard sports fan who loves rugby, soccer, Australian rules football, and all the other interesting and slightly violent sports that are so popular Down Under. Since moving to the U.S., Darren has even developed an affinity for baseball, although he is not entirely sure of the rules.

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Topics: Boston Red Sox, World Series

Chemistry Lesson: What Our Red Sox REALLY Need is Law and Order and a Good Judge (Not Aaron) in the Clubhouse

Posted by Joseph B. Darby III on Aug 28, 2017 9:41:53 AM

As the Boston Red Sox head into the home stretch of this 2017 baseball season, we Red Sox fans – a naturally dour and fretful bunch – worry whether this team is built for success in the upcoming MLB playoffs. After all, a very similar team – to wit, the not-ready-for-prime-time 2016 Red Sox – appeared on the October stage and proceeded to stink out the joint, getting swept 3-0 by the Cleveland Indians while delivering the worst group performance since the movie Waterworld was released. For sheer group ineptitude, the only comparable recent event was watching the Republican Senate try to fix Obamacare. Yeesh.

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Topics: Sports, Boston Red Sox, Don Baylor


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