Firstly, if you haven't heard -- and if you're not a Red Sox fan, you may not have -- the Red Sox will be unveiling a Carl Yastrzemski statue outside Fenway Park before season's end. He was this author's boyhood idol
The Red Sox have had an incredible season thus far and over the last few weeks it would be hard to argue against them playing like the best team in baseball, and to add extra sweetness they've taken 6 out of 7 games from the Yankees in the last couple of weeks -- games the Yanks badly needed. I worry they've peaked too soon and anything can happen in the playoffs but I'm excited and optimistic. But even if they hadn't played this well, this is a Red Sox team we all can love and get behind, a team with seemingly no unbearable egos, a bunch of grinders who love to play...the baseball version of gym rats. We love this team.
A couple of other tidbits: The Tampa Bay Rays need a new home. After several years of very good and competitive teams, a few trips to the playoffs and one World Series visit, the best this team can draw in the middle of a pennant race is 10,000 people against another playoff contender. I know there really aren't any major baseball markets left but they need to go somewhere else. Mexico City?
I heard what I have to think is an unreal stat on the radio today, although I did hear it on ESPN. Apparently the Astros had a game this weekend where they only had ONE THOUSAND television viewers. I'm not sure how they could ever know exactly how many people are watching but that's just pathetic.