Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Don't count on first place until the season is over

While the Yankees' four-game sweep of the Red Sox was undoubtedly the highlight of the season so far, don't go polishing the 2009 AL East trophy just yet.

Remember how the Mets squandered a 7 game lead in 2007 with 17 games left to play? I sure do - it's one of my favorite things to taunt Squawker Jon about!

So having a 6.5 game lead (now 5.5 games) in the middle of August is sweet, but obviously, it's no guarantee the Yankees will win the division.

Now that I've gotten the "raining on the victory parade" part of the blog over, let me do a little gloating about this weekend. Whatever happened to the so-called Best Bullpen in Baseball? Or the low risk, high reward signings like John Smoltz? Or John Henry's tweets? Or Dice-K's gyroball? I asked one of our Red Sox fan readers on Facebook if the gyroball was like a snipe!

Seeing the Sox get knocked around at the Stadium was great fun. So much fun, in fact, that last night's loss against the Blue Jays didn't bother me at all!

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In other news, I've written a piece for The Faster Times comparing Alex Rios and Nick Swisher. Turns out, Ken Williams may have been better keeping Swisher, than picking up Rios.

One other note - there's only a few hours to vote for your least favorite Red Sox!

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