Friday, September 30, 2016

Bob Lobel: A Perfect September for Boston Sports

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

Of course I'm nervous. 

Yes, I'm worried, and if you're smart, you will be too. It’s the ole karma thing, when things kinda even out. There is never all good or all bad. 

If all good seems to be the rule of the day, then all bad can't be far behind. Somehow, it's going to even out. That is the reason to be nervous and cautious, expecting the worst.

Did you see this September coming? 

Take both the Patriots and the Red Sox. They have had a dream September. It could have been a nightmare, but it's been a dream. Never saw this coming, for either of these two favorite teams. So, stay worried and alert, and be cautious. 

Celebrate after the season.

The Pedroia-led Red Sox are playing after the regular season is over. The Belichick-led Patriots have  breezed to where they are, waiting for naked Tom to return. I've been to Positano and I never saw what I saw in The Globe. 

OK, moving on. 

How much can we count on the Red Sox in the autumn of Ortiz? I don’t think we can. I don’t think we have a clue what their pitching will look like. Not a clue. Porcello and Koji, and roll the dice. 

Think Price will step it up? Think the bullpen of unclaimed talent will rise above the fray and lead the team to title number four in this millennium? I don’t. 

The crazy thing is, they just might. Can't be surprised at all by anything. Even losing to a walk off grand slam, and winning a mini-title seems possible.

Oh, that happened? 

It's all been an amazing September for both of these teams. Truly amazing, and we never saw this coming. We have lost our equilibrium. People actually talking about trading Tom Brady?  With clothes? Duh. 

Craziness from everywhere. 

But now, that September has been one of the great months for our sports teams, so if karma rules, then watch out for October. It can only go one way, and that way is not good. Still, we never know when the up cycle ends until it does.  

Maybe it won't… At least not for a while. 

The Ortiz thing has been nothing short of remarkable, if not biologically impossible. They want to name a bridge after Ortiz. That’s  all well and good, but what will they name after Pedroia or Betts. Pedroia has been the driving force, but he is surrounded by so much young talent, and since he has done this before, it almost goes unnoticed or is expected. 

Too good for our own good? I think so. 

I hope not, but I think so.

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