A Leap Year, a Leap of Faith

This year marks the first year that people have been 100% supremely confident about the Red Sox’s chances. Many people expect them to make the World Series. “How is this different from any other year,” one might ask. Well, the answer lies in the way Red Sox people act. We are no longer insecure. We are no longer holding our breath against the Yankees. The Yankees’ lineup does not scare me as much as it did two, three years ago. I laugh in the face of the Yankees’ lineup. Our pitching will shut them down. Our hitting will abuse Mike Mussina mercilessly. This is new for a Red Sox fan – the confidence.
Johnny Damon, Bill Mueller, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz/Ellis Burks, Kevin Millar, Trot Nixon, Jason Varitek, Pokey Reese/Mark Bellhorn. Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Tim Wakefield, Byung-Hyun Kim. I’ll put that team up against any other team in the league, and we will win.
Anyone else think Terry Francona is the next Joe Torre?
Peter Gammons says tonight’s Sunday Conversation has Pedro saying that he was told he was out of the game in Game Seven…so what happened!? Tune in.
Not that it matters, considering we will be winning it all this year.
Should Pokey be the second baseman – or Mark Bellhorn? Some people say Reese should be the defensive replacement and Bellhorn be given any chance possible to win the job. I think it should be Pokey all the way. We will still get a decent offensive production out of Reese and plus, in 2003, Derek Lowe’s ERA with Damian Jackson playing second was 2.80. With Todd Walker, it was over 5.00. Interesting. Also note that Derek Lowe went 21-8 with a 2.58 ERA in 2002 with Rey Sanchez manning second.

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