Sunday, September 26, 2010

Game Over, Man!

Shank comes here not to praise them, but to bury them:

Not long ago, Red Sox Elimination Day was part of the New England calendar, right there with Evacuation Day, Flag Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.

Elimination Day is the day when the Red Sox are officially erased from playoff contention. In most of the 1950s and 1960s, E-D (works on multiple levels, no?) usually fell sometime in the middle of September as the woeful Red Sox wrestled for seventh or eighth place alongside the likes of the Washington Senators and Kansas City Athletics. There was a lot of bad ownership and bad baseball. The Sox made it to the postseason only once between 1918 and 1967.

We are spoiled in this century. The Red Sox have made it to the postseason in six of the last seven seasons. There has been good ownership and good baseball.
Not sure when the last time he's ever praised ownership, but it's one of the few positive angles you'll find in the column. He's all over Big Papi for comments made last Wednesday, then (surprise!) calls the Red Sox 'hypocrites' for planning a day to honor retiring Red Sox player Mike Lowell. Why let consistency get in the way of a good ranting column?


Anonymous said...

everytime I see Shaughnessy on TV he looks more and more like an old's weird,wild stuff....If they ever make a sequel to "Mrs.Doubtfire" he's got the job

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Doubtfire ... brilliant!

Shank doubts his own existence.

Though he play-acts as the toughest typist in town, he would've preferred a role as the bid dog on the team.

And since he can do neither very well he exercises his absurdities by launching ridiculing salvos towards any team, any player.

Can we start a blog that recommends to the Shank = How to Get a Life in 5 Words or Less!


rich said...

Well, he's not afraid to make enemies of local heroes (Ortiz)...and he may have a point this time, though in other instances Shaughnessy has fomented unnecessary tension between the team and the media with his pugnacious act.

As for the Mike Lowell Night, don't just complain, say what you'd rather have them do. Should the Sox have done nothing to honor Lowell, just let him fade into the distance, because that would be less hypocritical? Obviously this is a great gesture, if only for allowing Lowell and the Fenway Faithful to connect one last time and show their appreciation.