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Frater Perdurabo
09-17-2006, 08:19 PM
The Sox have been getting good to great starting pitching lately. Ultimately that is what delivered the World Series victory last fall. The Sox are in the hole, but they can recover if they start winning tomorrow against Detroit. Here's how the schedules line up:

SOX:
3 v DET
4 v SEA
3 @ CLE
3 @ MIN

TIGERS:
3 @ CWS
1 @ BAL
3 @ KC
3 v TOR
3 v KC

TWINS:
3 @ BOS
3 @ BAL
4 v KC
3 v CWS

Obviously, the Sox need to win as many games as possible. Sweep the Tigers and we're within two games of them. I think Minny will take two of three from Boston.

So, on Thursday morning, the race can look like this:
Twins 90-62
Tigers: 89-63 -1
Sox: 87-65 -3

If the Sox can sweep the Tigers (which they did in August), then I think they get some swagger back and have a good chance to sweep the Mariners. I expect the Tigers to beat Baltimore but lose two of three to the Royals, who want nothing more than to beat up on the team who has kicked their butts all year. I expect the Twins to win two of three at Baltimore.

In one week, the standings would be as follows:
Twins: 92-63
Sox: 91-65 -1.5
Tigers: 91-65 -1.5

Then, the Sox can take 2 of 3 in Cleveland, who will have packed it in for the year. The Twins will take three from the Royals, and the Tigers will win two of three against the Jays.

Twins: 95-64
Sox: 93-66 -1
Tigers: 93-66 -1

Suddenly it's really close, and it comes down to the final series. Twins at Sox and Tigers at KC. I expect the Tigers to be very tight and lose two of three in KC. That means the Sox need two wins in Minnesota, which I think they can get, since Santana can't pitch all three games, and since they will have clinched the division by winning the game Santana pitches.

Final standings:
Twins: 96-66
Sox: 95-67 -1
Tigers: 94-68 -2

That gets the Sox into the playoffs, where anything can happen.

Yes, I have the Sox going 11-2, but their starting pitching can do it.
Yes, I have the Twins going 8-5, because Santana can't pitch every day.
Yes, I have the Tigers going 5-8, because their starting pitching has crumbled. They may do worse.

Don't stop believin'!

:gulp: :) :supernana:

soxfanatlanta
09-17-2006, 08:22 PM
I like your optimism, Frater. However improbable it is, we must allow for the possibility. I for one, hope this happens.

SOXSINCE'70
09-17-2006, 08:29 PM
I hope you're right and this is possible.
But,to quote the narrator on an old "Batman" episode,
"It looks bad,very bad".:(:

viagracat
09-17-2006, 08:31 PM
You never know, but things will have to get a lot different the next two weeks than they have been for the past two months. They will have to win the series vs Detroit, as I've finally jumped on the "must win" thing. 2 of 3 absolute minimum. Anything less than that, we see Homefish in two weeks. :o:

JB98
09-17-2006, 08:31 PM
I'll keep my fingers crossed. We have to go 10-3 at minimum to have a chance. The starting pitching is our hope. Offense needs to wake up immediately.

palehozenychicty
09-17-2006, 08:40 PM
2 of 3 absolute minimum. Anything less than that, we see Homefish in two weeks. :o:

I think they need three wins. Two wins would only gain a game, and then time becomes a factor. It is possible, but it does not look good.

samram
09-17-2006, 08:41 PM
If the Sox can sweep the Tigers (which they did in August), then I think they get some swagger back and have a good chance to sweep the Mariners.

We've been waiting for this moment all season when it would click and the Sox would be off and running, but it just hasn't come. I sure as hell hope it happens. The old adage of one game at a time is really applicable now because one loss to the Tigers, well, as tough as it is now, being four behind them (assuming the Sox take two of three) with 11 to go would be like, on a scale of 1 to really, really hard, really, really hard.

chisoxmike
09-17-2006, 08:43 PM
A sweep of Detroit will be a nice start. Actually, its the only start.

I feel like an ass. I believed so much that this team would somehow rise up and make the playoffs somehow. I started that ****ing poll asking what everyone's thoughts were and blew the money on the playoff tickets. Man. Thats what comes with being a fan uh.

To follow up a World Series win with a piss poor season the next year and not making the playoffs with a better teamis unexceptable. Please Sox, sweep the Tigers...

Frater Perdurabo
09-17-2006, 08:49 PM
It can happen because the starting pitching has been so good. Only Frank Thomas stood in the way of a Sox sweep this weekend.

Coming home the Sox hitters can get hot. If they do, watch out.

Strong starting pitching can keep the bullpen fresher. Hot hitting can overcome poor bullpen outings. This race is not over yet.

JB98
09-17-2006, 08:51 PM
A sweep of Detroit will be a nice start. Actually, its the only start.

I feel like an ass. I believed so much that this team would somehow rise up and make the playoffs somehow. I started that ****ing poll asking what everyone's thoughts were and blew the money on the playoff tickets. Man. Thats what comes with being a fan uh.

To follow up a World Series win with a piss poor season the next year and not making the playoffs with a better teamis unexceptable. Please Sox, sweep the Tigers...

I felt like an ass while I was watching the game today. I've defended this team constantly and now I'm in prime position to get all the "I-told-you-so" comments from the people who piss their pants after every freaking loss.

StatHead21
09-17-2006, 08:56 PM
Sweep the Tigers, thats what they have to do and thats easier said than done.

BeviBall!
09-17-2006, 08:57 PM
I felt like an ass while I was watching the game today. I've defended this team constantly and now I'm in prime position to get all the "I-told-you-so" comments from the people who piss their pants after every freaking loss.

Who cares what those tools have to say? It's hard to be told 'I told you so' when you have those ninnies on ignore :D:.

Hell, if the Bears can score 60 points in two weeks, the Sox can go 10-3.

SOXfnNlansing
09-17-2006, 08:59 PM
I'm on board Frater! Let's go out and do it!

mark2olson
09-17-2006, 09:00 PM
Final standings:
Twins: 96-66
Sox: 95-67 -1
Tigers: 94-68 -2

That gets the Sox into the playoffs, where anything can happen.

Yes, I have the Sox going 11-2, but their starting pitching can do it.
Yes, I have the Twins going 8-5, because Santana can't pitch every day.
Yes, I have the Tigers going 5-8, because their starting pitching has crumbled. They may do worse.


I'm on board, let's do it!

aryzner
09-17-2006, 09:01 PM
Help us Kansas City, you are our only hope!

beckett21
09-17-2006, 09:09 PM
Help us Kansas City, you are our only hope!

*dies*

:thud:

Actually, Kansas City is just the kind of team that is dangerous this time of year. I have more faith in them than the damn Indians, who are worthless and packed it in once they finished playing the Sox.

The Sox are their own only hope. They need to win as many games as possible in the next two weeks, starting with a sweep of the Tigers.

I still believe, but unless they sweep the Tigers it is going to be virtually impossible barring a miracle.

CHISOXFAN13
09-17-2006, 09:13 PM
I'm on board Frater! Let's go out and do it!

I'm still hopeful, but I have come to the conclusion that if the Sox don't sweep Detroit, it's over.

chisoxmike
09-17-2006, 09:13 PM
Oh goody, we get to face Kenny Rodgers tomorrow.:whiner:

HotelWhiteSox
09-17-2006, 09:13 PM
I mean, sweeping Det is doable, though they have their best pitchers going, we have beat them while we were struggling earlier this year. I think our least favorable matchup is tomorrow night, with my main concern being Buehrle, but hopefully cold weather can help silence bats. He might be okay if he can get out of the 1st without giving up a run. With a home crowd too you never know.

Seattle is a joke, if you play as hard as you can and treat Seattle like they are NY, then sweeping them should be the easiest thing you do all season (should doesn't mean anything though, and if they take them lightly they'll lose)

Cleveland kind of worries me, but if they laid down close to how they did against Minny, then they will be no problem. Hopefully they've already made winter plans.

And then of course, at Minny. You never know if you can ride a hot streak. I'm sure there's a Santana game in there, but if you take care of business earlier in the year then you might permit losing a game or splitting em.

Of course, my main worry is that in the calculations above (being as optimistic as possible for both the Sox and their opponents), you still only get in by 1 game. It's going to be tough boys

palehozenychicty
09-17-2006, 09:15 PM
*dies*

:thud:

Actually, Kansas City is just the kind of team that is dangerous this time of year. I have more faith in them than the damn Indians, who are worthless and packed it in once they finished playing the Sox.

The Sox are their own only hope. They need to win as many games as possible in the next two weeks, starting with a sweep of the Tigers.

I still believe, but unless they sweep the Tigers it is going to be virtually impossible barring a miracle.

As far as the Indians, remember Casey Blake crying that we weren't any better than them. So the Sox were on their hit list all year. They haven't recovered from last year, and may not for awhile. I think they may become the Rangers 2.0, a perennial pretender.

Which is tragic, as Detroit and Minnesota should not be ahead of the Sox this year. But a sweep is the only way to get back in it.

beckett21
09-17-2006, 09:17 PM
Oh goody, we get to face Kenny Rodgers tomorrow.:whiner:

**** Kenny Rogers. The only people who should fear that bum are the cameramen.

The Sox need to come out with that mindset and pound the hell out of him.

FarWestChicago
09-17-2006, 09:22 PM
I felt like an ass while I was watching the game today. I've defended this team constantly and now I'm in prime position to get all the "I-told-you-so" comments from the people who piss their pants after every freaking loss.Who cares what a bunch of gutless wimps say? Hell, I'll just whack 'em all if they get out of hand. Rejoicing in the Sox losing is most definitely trolling. :redneck

beckett21
09-17-2006, 09:23 PM
Who cares what a bunch of gutless wimps say? Hell, I'll just whack 'em all if they get out of hand. Rejoicing in the Sox losing is most definitely trolling. :redneck

It's nice to have the big guy on your side, JB. :thumbsup:


:redneck

Vernam
09-17-2006, 09:24 PM
I felt like an ass while I was watching the game today. I've defended this team constantly and now I'm in prime position to get all the "I-told-you-so" comments from the people who piss their pants after every freaking loss.That doesn't mean they were right, though, JB98. It may be that they accurately divined this team's downfall, but predicting any team won't make the playoffs is always the safe thing to do. A true fan pays allegiance unless the team quits. Only an idiot would say this team has quit, and I'm not giving up until the math says I have to. I'll never apologize for staying optimistic, either, especially after what these guys did last year.

Back to what Frater wrote in starting the thread, if someone had told me a month ago that the starting pitchers would pull it together the way they have, I'd have bet we'd be in first place by now. It's a pity that the hitting went south at the exact wrong time, and the bullpen is suddenly a combination of tired guys, hurt guys, and scared guys. Not a good combination, IOW.

It's been a week since I thought we WOULD make the playoffs. But for at least a few more days, I'm going to keep thinking we MIGHT.

Vernam

oeo
09-17-2006, 09:25 PM
All I have to say, is if they do pull this out, be prepared for another championship run because they will be the hottest team going into the postseason, once again. It's all about momentum in the playoffs...if they get in, they're going all the way.

RadioheadRocks
09-17-2006, 09:25 PM
**** Kenny Rogers. The only people who should fear that bum are the cameramen.

The Sox need to come out with that mindset and pound the hell out of him.


Couldn't have said it better myself... let's get out there and kick some Kenny Rogers ASS and show him what assault and battery REALLY are!!!!

samram
09-17-2006, 09:29 PM
**** Kenny Rogers. The only people who should fear that bum are the cameramen.

The Sox need to come out with that mindset and pound the hell out of him.

The Sox always have one game a year where they just hammer Rogers and it hasn't happened yet. If the team is looking for suggestions as to when would be a good time for that occurrence, I may have one...:smile:

palehozenychicty
09-17-2006, 09:29 PM
All I have to say, is if they do pull this out, be prepared for another championship run because they will be the hottest team going into the postseason, once again. It's all about momentum in the playoffs...if they get in, they're going all the way.

Exactly. I think everybody and the family knows this.

aryzner
09-17-2006, 09:45 PM
Actually, Kansas City is just the kind of team that is dangerous this time of year. I have more faith in them than the damn Indians, who are worthless and packed it in once they finished playing the Sox.
Yep. Exactly why I am asking Kansas City for their help!

I realize it is also up to the Sox to win some games, but with Kansas City actually being kinda dangerous lately, it'd be great to see them win a few games over both Detroit and Minnesota.

JUribe1989
09-17-2006, 09:49 PM
Let's do this thing.

All we have to do is win our games. If we have accomplished that, but still come up short then there is nothing we can do but salute the other teams. But then again, those other teams don't have rings like we do. We play well against Detroit, so a nice homestand would be a great way to finish off the home portion of the year. We can do it, we just need to make things happen like we tried to do today. Take the extra base whenever it's possible, steal some bases, and get those big 2 out RBI. And please Jim Thome, do something! But if the starting pitching stays like this, we still have a good shot.

Dan H
09-17-2006, 09:49 PM
I felt like an ass while I was watching the game today. I've defended this team constantly and now I'm in prime position to get all the "I-told-you-so" comments from the people who piss their pants after every freaking loss.


I don't piss my pants after ever loss though I have said the Sox are out of it. I would rather have you tell me "I told you so." I don't want the team to lose. I just think they have lost whatever helped them win last year.

Hope is something everyone can have. This team just hasn't shown much for the past three months. It is hard for me to imagine the Sox going on a long winning streak when they can't win two in a row or even avoid a sweep.

Right now I hope they play the remainder of the season with some real pride. That series in Oakland was abosultely brutal. They didn't resemble a playoff contender.

Bucky F. Dent
09-17-2006, 09:53 PM
**** Kenny Rogers. The only people who should fear that bum are the cameramen.

The Sox need to come out with that mindset and pound the hell out of him.


I nominate Beckett to give the pre-game speech tomorrow.

Chips
09-17-2006, 10:16 PM
Who cares what those tools have to say? It's hard to be told 'I told you so' when you have those ninnies on ignore :D:.

Hell, if the Bears can score 60 points in two weeks, the Sox can go 10-3.

If the Bears can 60 points in two games, we can go 13-0.

Lip Man 1
09-17-2006, 10:25 PM
Based on some of these comments it seems the fans actually have spirit and drive. It's to bad they can't actually play the game.

Lip

SoxandtheCityTee
09-17-2006, 10:26 PM
I nominate Beckett to give the pre-game speech tomorrow.

Seconded.

And I didn't watch the Bears game, but I heard that among other accomplishments they completed TWO passes to the TIGHT END. Truly, anything can happen in sports.

Let's get this sweep of the Kitties.

beckett21
09-17-2006, 11:09 PM
I nominate Beckett to give the pre-game speech tomorrow.

If Ozzie's expletives haven't worked, I'm not sure if mine would either.

But I'd be willing to try. Thanks! :redneck

Myrtle72
09-17-2006, 11:11 PM
This thread made me feel better.

Glad to know there is still hope and people still believe it can be accomplished. Perhaps all the Sox need right now is a the looming threat that they will not get into the playoffs. Maybe that will kick their butts into gear.

I would certainly like to see a 24 game win streak.

kevingrt
09-17-2006, 11:12 PM
Not like they haven't really but I think almost everyone can say officially our playoffs start tomorrow night at 7:05 in Chicago vs the Tiggers.

HotelWhiteSox
09-17-2006, 11:13 PM
I know it's a cliche and I think a great stretch is very doable (as shown in previous post), but I hope they do take it one game at a time because if you do overlook anything then you are screwed. Have to act like it's a 1 game elimination (basically is), focus on Kenny Rogers

I felt like an ass while I was watching the game today. I've defended this team constantly and now I'm in prime position to get all the "I-told-you-so" comments from the people who piss their pants after every freaking loss.

I wouldn't call it pissing their pants, they are fans, they want to see the team win, and they have just been realistic about these recent weeks or months. A true fan does not have to be sheep, we know that by criticizing other fans who are sheep. You shouldn't feel like an ass, the Sox aren't about pride and competing between fans, everyone is entitled to their opinions, and trust me, those people would like to eat the crow, they get mad because they want to see the team win.

beckett21
09-17-2006, 11:15 PM
I know it's a cliche and I think a great stretch is very doable (as shown in previous post), but I hope they do take it one game at a time because if you do overlook anything then you are screwed. Have to act like it's a 1 game elimination (basically is), focus on Kenny Rogers

Exactly. They can't make up 5 games in a day.

All they have to worry about is tomorrow. That's all they can control, that's all that matters. Win tomorrow, forget about anything else.

Repeat daily for two weeks.

LuvSox
09-17-2006, 11:17 PM
Exactly. They can't make up 5 games in a day.

All they have to worry about is tomorrow. That's all they can control, that's all that matters. Win tomorrow, forget about anything else.

Repeat daily for two weeks.

DR. Beckett's prescription. Nice work. :thumbsup:

beckett21
09-17-2006, 11:17 PM
DR. Beckett's prescription. Nice work. :thumbsup:

It's just so simple. :D:

Soxfanspcu11
09-17-2006, 11:20 PM
Help us Kansas City, you are our only hope!


Hey, they did last year! That game last Sunday September 25th, 2005 changed the ENTIRE playoff race! They could do it again.

Whatever happens, happens. It's been a fun year either way.

If we don't make the playoffs, meh....then we will be back in 2007 with a much better team. If we do make the playoffs, then it's on, like last year.

We can't control it, let the pieces fall where they may and enjoy the last 2 weeks.

I'll be at Comiskullar Pield tommorow for the last 7 games of the year, and you better believe I would be louder than a mother****er!!!!

LET'S DO IT!:cool:

BadBobbyJenks
09-18-2006, 01:01 AM
2005 was special, Ill never forget it

JB98
09-18-2006, 01:55 PM
I know it's a cliche and I think a great stretch is very doable (as shown in previous post), but I hope they do take it one game at a time because if you do overlook anything then you are screwed. Have to act like it's a 1 game elimination (basically is), focus on Kenny Rogers



I wouldn't call it pissing their pants, they are fans, they want to see the team win, and they have just been realistic about these recent weeks or months. A true fan does not have to be sheep, we know that by criticizing other fans who are sheep. You shouldn't feel like an ass, the Sox aren't about pride and competing between fans, everyone is entitled to their opinions, and trust me, those people would like to eat the crow, they get mad because they want to see the team win.


All these people who declared the season "over" when we were two games behind in the wild card with 17 to play deserve a swift kick in the nuts. Period.

At this point, we are four games out with 13 to play. RIGHT NOW, I can understand people saying we are in serious trouble. Obviously, the Sox need to get their **** together quickly, or it will be over. But after that extra-inning loss in Anaheim, people were declaring things over when we still had plenty of reason for hope. That was an embarrassment to this site and this fan base.

We won the World Series last year. That should have inspired confidence in us fans that this year's team could pull through in a tight pennant race. Maybe they won't pull through, but I don't regret having faith in these players. If you take a hard look at what has gone on at this board in the last month, quite a few have the same old woe-is-me, sky-is-falling attitude that we've seen in previous years. Prior to October 26, 2005, I was that way myself.

But now that we've won a championship and I've seen with my own two eyes that this organization can get it done, I see no reason to wallow in self-pity. I expect to win now, and everyone else here should too. Unfortunately, quite a few here expect failure. This isn't about who is a sheep and who isn't. Or who is realistic or who isn't. It's more about standing tall, carrying yourself like a winner and expecting good things to come your way. I haven't seen enough of that lately. Not from the Sox players and certainly not from a lot of the fans. That disappoints me more than the losing itself.

Basically, we've stood on the top of the mountain for the last year, and we still have the same old expect-disaster inferiority complex. That's no way to approach sports, and that's no way to approach your life. It's taken awhile for me to learn that, but I'm understanding that more and more as I've gotten older, and hopefully, wiser.

bryPt
09-18-2006, 03:25 PM
I like the concept of this. Now someone show the freakin team so they can get it done!

I will print it out and give it to anyone in a Sox Uni tonight.

BanditJimmy
09-18-2006, 03:39 PM
Bottom line:

We win all 3 vs Tigers, and the Red Sox take 2 of 3 from Minn.

Thursday: We trail both Minn and Det by 2 games.


This is the only way I see us having a chance.

Or root for Minn to win out and run away with the division so that all starters and especialy Johan are rested for that final series in the roller dome.... I can only wish.

mark2olson
09-18-2006, 04:17 PM
Basically, we've stood on the top of the mountain for the last year, and we still have the same old expect-disaster inferiority complex. That's no way to approach sports, and that's no way to approach your life. It's taken awhile for me to learn that, but I'm understanding that more and more as I've gotten older, and hopefully, wiser.

Two well-stated posts! (yours and HotelWhiteSox').

Let's get this thing done tonight!

wsoxfan111
09-18-2006, 04:24 PM
[/quote]

Yes, I have the Sox going 11-2, but their starting pitching can do it.
Yes, I have the Twins going 8-5, because Santana can't pitch every day.
Yes, I have the Tigers going 5-8, because their starting pitching has crumbled. They may do worse.

Don't stop believin'!

:gulp: :) :supernana:[/quote]

I LOVE your optimism.

Two days ago, someone said that the twins would go .500. I didnot think that that would happen

Since you have the twins above .500, i think this is more realistic

MAYBE!!

PushinWeight
09-18-2006, 04:40 PM
"Hold on to that Feelin'!"

It's not over yet!

TommyJohn
09-18-2006, 04:45 PM
"Hold on to that Feelin'!"

It's not over yet!


I believe that it will be difficult, but not impossible. I'd like to see it happen
but at this point they are playing .500 ball, which won't cut it in September.

That being said, I keep thinking that if Sox history (excluding last year) holds
up, what will happen is the Sox will be eliminated or be shoved close to it,
THEN they will suddenly light on fire and start playing like champions, making
the standings closer than they really are. I hope not.

Last year all seemed lost when they caught fire at the end of the season.
It ain't over till it's over.

0o0o0
09-18-2006, 04:54 PM
Call it new found optimism. I've been down on the Sox for a while. I haven't really been optimistic in at least a month, but I was just thinking about this upcoming series with Detroit and I feel that this will decide whether the Sox get into the playoffs or not. That is, they need a sweep. Consider this: There is no team in baseball that the Sox have a better chance of sweeping than the Tigers. For whatever reason, this is the one team that the Sox seem to get up for. We all know that the Sox are in the Tigers' heads, and the fact that the series is at home will only help things. I think a sweep is very doable. And as far as I'm concerned, the Sox sweep and they're off and running. I know we've been trying to force certain moments into "turning point" status with the Gload grand slam and the A.j. walkoff, etc. But a sweep of Detroit would be a turning point for them as much as it would be for the Sox. 2 games up on the Sox with 10 games and zero confidence left.

That said, if Detroit does take a game in the series, well, I don't wanna think about that right now. :D:

It's time to take a stand. :Rocker:

ajismyhero
09-18-2006, 06:04 PM
"Some will win, some will lose, some were born to sing the blues....!"

We are still in control of our own destiny!

Myrtle72
09-18-2006, 06:08 PM
We are still in control of our own destiny!

Well, "we" as fans are not in control at all. But the Sox are :tongue: and that's a good point. It's not like their fate is set in stone.

slobes
09-18-2006, 06:22 PM
It ain't over til it's over. Don't rule anything out. Weirder things have happened before.

jacobwalls
09-18-2006, 07:01 PM
Hopefully there is some fire under our players....
13-0 for the rest of the season...

kobo
09-18-2006, 07:35 PM
Call it new found optimism. I've been down on the Sox for a while. I haven't really been optimistic in at least a month, but I was just thinking about this upcoming series with Detroit and I feel that this will decide whether the Sox get into the playoffs or not. That is, they need a sweep. Consider this: There is no team in baseball that the Sox have a better chance of sweeping than the Tigers. For whatever reason, this is the one team that the Sox seem to get up for. We all know that the Sox are in the Tigers' heads, and the fact that the series is at home will only help things. I think a sweep is very doable. And as far as I'm concerned, the Sox sweep and they're off and running. I know we've been trying to force certain moments into "turning point" status with the Gload grand slam and the A.j. walkoff, etc. But a sweep of Detroit would be a turning point for them as much as it would be for the Sox. 2 games up on the Sox with 10 games and zero confidence left.

That said, if Detroit does take a game in the series, well, I don't wanna think about that right now. :D:

It's time to take a stand. :Rocker:
Agree 100%. Great post. Now let's see the Sox kick some ass tonight!!!

ChicagoHoosier
09-18-2006, 07:41 PM
We are all saying the same thing. It's not over until it's over.

Like in The Godfather II... "difficult, but not impossible" (when trying to knock off Hymen Roth).

I personally don't think it WILL be done, but I'm wearing my Sox gear that I wore throughout the playoffs last year tonight while watching TV, tomorrow at the game, and will keep wearing it to give this team ANYTHING extra to make us win.

I even have the Rally Sox out!

GO SOX!!!!!!!!!

ChicagoHoosier
09-18-2006, 07:42 PM
Well, "we" as fans are not in control at all. But the Sox are :tongue: and that's a good point. It's not like their fate is set in stone.

Every fan can do their part. Go to the game, get friends to go to the game, pull out your supersticious things that worked last season and get them going again. Don't shave. Wear the same clothes you wore during the playoffs last year. Whatever it takes.

Maybe us doing whatever it takes will rub off on the ball players.

I hope to God all seven games at home are a sell out.

0o0o0
09-18-2006, 11:02 PM
Call it new found optimism. I've been down on the Sox for a while. I haven't really been optimistic in at least a month, but I was just thinking about this upcoming series with Detroit and I feel that this will decide whether the Sox get into the playoffs or not. That is, they need a sweep. Consider this: There is no team in baseball that the Sox have a better chance of sweeping than the Tigers. For whatever reason, this is the one team that the Sox seem to get up for. We all know that the Sox are in the Tigers' heads, and the fact that the series is at home will only help things. I think a sweep is very doable. And as far as I'm concerned, the Sox sweep and they're off and running. I know we've been trying to force certain moments into "turning point" status with the Gload grand slam and the A.j. walkoff, etc. But a sweep of Detroit would be a turning point for them as much as it would be for the Sox. 2 games up on the Sox with 10 games and zero confidence left.

That said, if Detroit does take a game in the series, well, I don't wanna think about that right now. :D:

It's time to take a stand. :Rocker:

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