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You're Watching "How the Red Sox Can Lose"

Remember the old Sesame Street episodes that were sponsored by a letter? Well, this Baseball Insider post is sponsored by the letter "Y". Youth starts with "Y", and like the youthfully exuberant Rays, "Y" is a lot more intimidating than "O", which stands for "old", not unlike the Red Sox.

So much for that earlier post, huh?

Coincidentally, "O" also looks an awful lot like the number 0, which is how many runs the Red Sox have mounted against Rays starter Scott Kazmir tonight, all while his explosive offense has hit another three home runs to back him. Tampa Bay is out to a 5-0 lead against a Red Sox team that looks completely and utterly cooked (I'm typing in the bottom of the fourth).

The game's not over yet, but this Red Sox team looks more done than the 2004 and 2007 teams ever did. Even catcher Jason Varitek's hit-by-pitch didn't completely invigorate the Sox, who seemed so stunned by B.J. Upton's first-inning dinger above the Green Monster that they all simultaneously went into Terry Francona impersonations, circa Game 4.

And if ever there was a telling stat, it's this one: Tampa Bay has five hits, and subsequently has five runs. Boston has four hits ... and no runs, stranding every duck they can get on the pond. Home runs are an amazing thing.

It's too early to say the game is over, but it looks like we're well on our way to a Tampa Bay-Philadelphia World Series, also known as Major League Baseball and FOX's worst ratings nightmare. We should have all seen it coming. After all, if the CITGO sign catching on fire Wednesday wasn't the most direct metaphor life has provided in a long while, I don't know what is.

By Cameron Smith  |  October 16, 2008; 9:27 PM ET
Categories:  Rays , Red Sox  
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O also stands for Orioles, who are both old and obsolete!

Posted by: NattyDelite! | October 16, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, sure wish I could have just watched you eat your words as the game progressed, and the Sox win - again.

Of course, I continue to wonder why they need to get behind to win. Why don't they just pretend they're behind at the beginning and play that way.

Posted by: Thrash | October 17, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

This comment brought to you by the numbers 7 and 8.

7, the number of outs the Rays had between them and the Series.

8, the number of runs the Sox scored before those 7 outs.

Now I am even mesmerized by the BoSox Mystique.

Posted by: CajunD | October 17, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

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