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The Boston Red Sox are face-to-face with a destiny no one wants: the biggest September choke in baseball history.
The Sox were nine games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of play on Sept. 3, a lead that seemed insurmountable.
No team has ever blown a nine-game that late to miss the postseason. But now that lead is gone.
The Sox lost 6-3 Monday night to the Orioles at Camden Yards. That defeat, paired with the Rays’ 5-2 win over the Yankees, leaves the clubs deadlocked at 89-71 with two games left in the regular season.
Boston has lost 17 of its last 22. It has pitched horribly, played unsound defense and Monday night looked like it even had the baseball Gods lining up against it.
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The Red Sox are now looking directly into the same abyss that previously consumed the ’51 Dodgers, ‘64 Phillies, ’69 Cubs, ’78 Red Sox and ’07 Mets, teams that took the Perp Walk of Shame after epic collapses.
Silent John W. Henry, who hasn’t been heard from at all during this hellacious month, is liking soccer more each day.
So, what would be better – seeing the Red Sox blow this over the next two games, or, seeing them fight to force a tie and then see them lose a one-game playoff on Thursday?
As much as I would love to hear laments over Reid “Bleeping” Brignac from Red Sox Nation, I’m thinking I want Boston to lose their next two games and choke on it. How about you?