Holy Jesus. Do NOT even go there. Oh, my God.
Somewhere, Dan Shaughnessy scoffs, "Bah" and retreats back into his cave to await more despair to feast on...
Oh! And meanwhile! The Sox actually a) won two games in a row and b) won a series! Can you believe it?
Unfortunately, however, it seems every win costs us a player.
Updated to add: From the inimitable KEYS TO THE GAME:
Now that reports have emerged that David Oritz was briefly checked into the hospital on Sunday night due to an irregular heartbeat, Jose looks forward to the columns articles and radio rants calling him an attention whore, a slacker and a Dominican sack of garbage. Well? Jose’s waiting. He’s waiting to hear the rumors that Ortiz saw all of the attention Manny was getting for his leg injury and he got jealous, so he checked himself into the hospital and became the story. He’s waiting for the coverage of why the story didn’t emerge for five days, and whether Tito Eurona was just coddling one of his superstars. He’s waiting to hear the suggestions that the team would be better served by having nine Trot Nixon’s than nine of this particular slugger. He’s waiting to hear Big Papi compared to Terrell Owens.
Well? Where are the stories?
Oh, you’re not going to write them? Why? Because there’s plenty of evidence that Ortiz has an actual medical problem? Because he’s been incredibly productive this year? Because he is one of very few players keeping the season alive? Because he has been consistently brilliant throughout his Red Sox career?
That’s funny, because exactly the same can be said of Manny Ramirez, who you have no problem crapping on. So what’s the difference? Manny has some history of questionable injuries Jose supposes, but he has a history of real leg injuries too. Papi doesn’t have any history of heart problems that we know of. Jose guesses that the differentiating factor is just that Papi talks to you and Manny doesn’t. That does change things quite a bit doesn’t it? It sort of creates a bias.
Jose, of course, doesn’t have the bias, as no one talks to him. That’s why he can do fair accurate analysis such as Manny and Papi are great and you guys in the media suck.