It’s October Again (well, almost)

Here we go again. Another long season full of ups and downs ends with a trip for the Red Sox to the ultimate professional baseball tournament. No, it doesn’t get old. No, none of us in Red Sox Nation takes this for granted. Every season is like a separate lifetime — yes, we won the World Series in previous lifetimes (2004, 2007) but this feeling of anticipation, while vaguely familiar, is always fresh and new.

The leaves are changing, it’s October again. Back to school night, it’s October again. Pumpkins on neighbors’ front steps, it’s October again. The Red Sox carry millions of the Nation’s hearts with them into the American League Division Series, it’s October again.

Which players will surprise us with their heroics? Will Lowrie hit .450 in the postseason? Will Casey get a huge pinch hit? Will Kotsay make a game-saving catch? Will Ortiz continue to be the greatest clutch hitter in history? Will Masterson throw 10 scoreless playoff innings? Will Coco Crisp steal a base that we’ll compare to the Dave Roberts theft of 2004? Will Beckett be Beckett? This much we know — winning the World Series will require some “unlikely” heroes, a-la Dave Roberts and Mark Bellhorn in 2004, and Jacoby Ellsbury and J.D. Drew in 2007. Who will step up this year? I can’t wait to find out.

The last two championship teams had future hall of famers Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling. Will we miss them? Time will tell if there’s enough magic in the bats, gloves, and arms of the current roster to carry on the tradition of winning that Manny and Schill helped to instill here. Perhaps Jon Lester and Jason Bay are at the front-end of postseason careers that will, in the end, compare to those of Ramirez and Schilling. Does that sound crazy? Well, it should. But hey, anything is possible, even the impossible. It’s October again.

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One response to “It’s October Again (well, almost)

  1. YES! SOXTOBER again – man do we live for this or what??

    I had an opportunity to be at the Yahd on Monday and there was that special buzz in the crisp Fenway air. Every second strike was met with a standing ovation. Each clutch Sox AB was met with rousing thunderous cheers.

    YES! This is the ‘sweet spot’ of the season.

    October means so much to we the Baseball Heads of Boston. it will be nice to see the yankees on the dark side for the first time in 13 years. maybe 13 will be an real unlucky number for the Bombers as they fade away and the Sox dominate for eyars to come.

    Whatever the outcome – it is sweet to be in the final 8. The real games begin next week and the quest for glory and a third mate to those two Championship Trophies will be born!!!!!

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