Any other season, and last night’s game would’ve been looked at as just a crazy, infuriating but entertaining game.
For this team, it’s just another night at the ballpark, and another kick in the nuts.
The insane 14-13 extra innings loss to the Angels was epically painful. Much like the entire season has been.
I don’t think there is much else to say. Most everyone – players, fans, media are just counting down the days until the season is over and the dismantling and rebuilding can begin. Those die-hards – real fans – who continue to watch each night and look for things to build on for the future, I salute you. I don’t know how you do it, but if anything, maybe this year separates out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to the Red Sox fans, and we can go back to a time when those who were at the games and who followed the team did so out of love for baseball and the Red Sox, not because it is the cool thing to do or the place to go and be seen.
The Patriots are in Tampa for their third preseason game, and second this week. While most of the starters are expected to play tonight, given the very weird schedule the Patriots have, it’s hard to tell how much they will play.
Get all the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.
Onto the media columns and notes:
Kristine Leahy leaving Boston for another large market – Chad Finn has the former FOX25 sports anchor set to land a gig in another major city.
He also notes that Steve DeOssie is no longer part of WBZ-TV’s Fifth Quarter programming and recalls his appearance at the Giants pep rally prior to the Super Bowl. Is there a connection? I recall at the time, the feeling at least among media was that DeOssie should not be negatively impacted.
Media Roundup: Are Patriots’ Offensive Line Struggles Overblown? – My SB Nation Boston media column has Matt Chatham telling us to disregard media reports of the Patriots offensive line struggling.
Struggling Solder finds friend in Gruden – Bill Doyle has ESPN’s Jon Gruden defending the play of Nate Solder on Monday night.
Your weekly Joe Sullivan tweet.
The pride with which he tweets this completely embodies everything that is wrong with sports coverage today.
I will say though, that Shaughnessy’s column, (the link in the tweet takes you around the paywall) is actually good today. He has some valid thoughts on the disaster that is the S.S. Red Sox. He also thinks that the uproar over the team attendance to Johnny Pesky’s funeral has been overblown.