This week was very special for the Boston Red Sox and their fans because of the team clinching their division. This was totally unexpected and had to be a surprise for every Red Sox fan. As a matter of fact, if you actually predicted that Boston would finish in first place, then you have some sort of psychic powers because that would have been the only way you saw this coming.
Last year was just so dreadfully bad, any sort of improvement would have been seen as a step up for this organization. This was going to be nothing more than a bridge year.
Then something wonderful happened. This team of random players such as Jonny Gomes, David Ross and Shane Victorino jelled almost from the beginning and became the closest Boston team that we have seen since 2004, and probably the most special season since 1967.
My concern is that with Boston now in the playoffs, some people are expecting them to go to the World Series and win — anything less would be a disappointment.
You cannot look at the season that way. This has been unique and special — this generation’s version of the Impossible Dream Team of 1967. When fans look back at that team, they don’t think of Boston as having choked or made some sort of fatal error. They just didn’t win, and they have always been considered the team that made Boston fall in love with the Red Sox.
This team should be thought of in the same way. I hate using this word, but this season has been magical and the fact that Boston got this far is incredible. Fans should just enjoy the ride as long as it lasts and not encumber themselves with expectations. I think that is why this season has been so much fun.