*Disclaimer: I am watching Monday night football. I started this post at 8:29. I will probably be done at the end of the forth. If my writing becomes sloppy or my tone becomes frustrated, I apologize in advance.
The Sox are done. The 2008 campaign has ended. It was hard to watch in more ways than I can tell you. Watching Dustin Pedroia in the dugout looking like someone told him that he would never play again made every Sox fan pain inside. Of course he will play again- next year really isn’t too far away- but players like Pedroia don’t think like this.
Same goes‚ for die-hard fans. Red Sox Nation. ‚ A group of fans that love their team and didn’t buy their jerseys within the past three weeks. A group of fans who know their players stats and miss work to breathe the Fenway air.
I hate to lose. The feeling in your chest when you are watching the team that you have watched all year slowly drift into the offseason can’t be described. The season started with me rolling out of bed at 6a.m. and watching the Sox start the season in Japan. It ended with my head in my hands.
What does a fan do?‚
1.‚ Be grateful that we have the chance to watch our team consistently have a chance to make a playoff run.
2.‚ Look at our future. Papelbon, Pedroia, Youk, Ellsbury, Masterson, Lester, Daisuke. We are young and talented. Every fan that says we pay for our players. But our system is solid and we have young players with huge potential.
3. Watch the Sox make off-season moves. We need a Manny-esque hitter. Someone we will play big bucks and someone we can count on. A starting pitcher and a stronger bullpen.
4. Take your head out of hands. Don’t watch ESPN for the next two weeks. Throw all of you heart into the Pats, Celtics and Bruins. Spring training is only one New England winter away.