Friday, April 08, 2011

Low Point

I was expecting a lot more venom and negativity from Shank than this:
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).

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.
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:
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!


Anonymous said...


I try not to read the Globe but I do check in with your viewpoints on the DSW site.

It is evident that Shank has no sense of balance or scale.

The Sox will be competitive all year long. If they the Sox lose out on playoffs it will be due to the Yanks having a stellar year and Baltimore, Toronto and Tampa sticking to Sox. This would create an East division Yanks on top and 4 other teams bunched together.

I will look for Shank's attack on Manny ... I'm sure it will lack balance and scale. Most importantly, Shank (or any other media whore) will not own up to their involvement in the steroid era.


Anonymous said...


I echo your sentiments when it comes to CHB and Manny. I fully expected to see it this AM. I'm sure he's chomping at the bit to get all his cheap shots in. Only questions is whether he will take a shot at Schilling in that article too.