PHILADELPHIA — They are the last-place Boston Red Sox.I can't get my head around it, but damn, do I like writing about it! Also, remember that Shank was one of the touters.
It has become part of their name. They are no longer just the Red Sox. Just as the Wallendas are the Flying Wallendas, and the Bosstones are the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Sox are the last-place Red Sox.
Cellar dwellers. Basement boys. Bringing up the rear.
When I was a kid, we had a dumb joke about the Washington Senators. Washington was first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.
And now the Red Sox are the bottom-feeders of the AL East. Sorry, but it’s hard to get my head around that one.
We are not talking about a tiny sample. After Sunday’s game, the Sox will have played more than one-quarter of their season. And they have been in last place every day of the season. It’s simply hard to believe.
A year ago, they were touted as a 100-win team. “Best Team Ever’’ was the infamous Herald headline. They stumbled out of the gate, then lived up to the billing, playing 40 games over .500 for four months.
The rest of the column wallows in its last placedness, and a few quotes from Bobby Valentine & Dustin Pedroia.