The 0-6 Red Sox stagger home today for the 100th Fenway opener. This means no more safe havens in Texas and Cleveland. After a week on the road, the Sox must wallow in regional hysteria triggered by their worst start since 1945 (when all the real players were at war).The column goes on, repeating many of the themes Shank talked about on Comcast Sports News last night with Michael Felger & Lou Merloni, including this always amusing gem:
Can it get any worse?
Of course it can. The 1988 Baltimore Orioles started 0-21. President Ronald Reagan called manager Frank Robinson after 0-18 and said, “I know what you’re going through.’’
“Mr. President, you have no idea what I’m going through,’’ snapped Robinson.
Not to be negative, but the Elias Sports Bureau reports that only two teams have made the playoffs after starting 0-6 — the 1974 Pirates and the 1995 Reds. This is only the fourth Red Sox team to start 0-6, and if the Sox lose today, it’s officially the second-worst start in franchise history.So you're saying... there's a chance?
If that falls through, we can take Shank's time tested advice:
It’s certainly a good time for the Sox to be petitioning the city to serve mixed drinks at Fenway. We all might need a little Jack to get through this season of great expectations.My advice - start drinking heavily!