I've always been a believer. Then again, when one lives his entire life rooting for a team that has broken his heart countless times, the believing nearly becomes routine.
Maybe that is why I am having such a difficult time giving up on the 2012 Boston Red Sox, a team that miserably rests in the middle of the AL Wild Card race and nine games behind the New York Yankees in the division.
Turn on any sports radio outlet in the Boston area and one will quickly discover a deflated Red Sox Nation, which includes players, analysts, and the everyday fan. This is an uncomfortable place to be for the Red Sox because each season for the past decade or so it always feels like they're in it.
This year, on the other hand, things have changed, and with the fourth-highest payroll in the majors at $146 million, a .495 winning percentage with 51 games left is not a happy place.
The Boston media is having a frenzy this year, swirling up stories about "unhappy" players, ridiculous trade rumors, and an apathetic owner's group who felt the need to voice their support for Bobby Valentine.
Ultimately what it comes down to is performance. Whether it is hitting, pitching, fielding, or running, the performance on the field is what wins ballgames and is what propels teams into the playoffs.
So what is holding the Red Sox back from an epic comeback? Click on, my friend.