Red Sox faced with some legitimate concerns
BOSTON -- The gloriously reassuring thing about Boston fans is that even after the recent years of staggering success, they can still turn apocalyptic at the drop of an infield popup, which is why it wasn't all that surprising to hear a few of them booing in the second inning Monday after the Red Sox squandered a scoring opportunity and trailed by one entire run.After all, it has been nearly four whole months since the city last celebrated a championship. Oh, how they've suffered! Thus, many fans began fleeing Fenway early when Rocco Baldelli's three-run homer in the top of the eighth iced the eventual 9-1 loss to Tampa Bay. And a handful of fans even booed David Ortiz after he grounded out to first base in the bottom of the inning. What have you done for us lately? And a Nation that fully expected Josh Beckett to win Game 2 and Jon Lester to win Game 3 will head into Game 4 feeling, at the very least, a little nervous. Granted, one team had to be trailing in the series after Monday's game. And it always seems as if the losing team in a short series will never win again. And the Red Sox have rallied from worse situations than this (they trailed the Indians 3-1 in last year's American League Championship Series) as well as much worse situations than this (that whole thing with the Yankees in 2004). And if Boston wins Game 4, everything will look much, much different. As former Cleveland pitcher Paul Byrd said, "It was a similar type thing last year. We had them 3-1, and then their hitters got hot and the pitchers couldn't get them out and the momentum changed like that." But there are some legitimate concerns here.
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