As a lifetime Boston Red Sox fan, throughout the year I kept thinking they'd hit rock bottom. I thought it could never get lower for them.
And every time they reached the lowest point, the Red Sox would grab a shovel and dig a little deeper. And tonight's 10-2 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx shows that this is indeed the worst Red Sox team in generations.
After the embarrassments in April with Kevin Youkilis and blowing the Yankees games and Terry Francona not sure if he would attend the Fenway celebration, it seemed low.
When Josh Beckett went on his golf game, Bobby Valentine lost his mind and Youkilis was shipped to Chicago, it got lower.
When most of the team snubbed Johnny Pesky's funeral and there was that odd Kelly Shoppach text controversy, lower still.
The only good thing that has happened this year was they found a gullible taker in the Dodgers to take some of their awful contracts.
The Red Sox had one thing they had to do to maybe show some guts for this season. They needed to play hard against the Yankees. They needed to make the final few games relevant and put the Yankees in a position where they had to use their best pitchers and sweat their way into the playoffs.
Clay Buchholz, the best Boston pitcher of late, was on the hill. The Red Sox had nothing to play for but pride and for the good of the game. If not for themselves, then for the Orioles and their fans hoping their scrappy team could win the division against the big bad Yankees.
And for the Red Sox fans who they let down all year. At least there could be the chance of ending the season with the Yankees sweating.
It took all of two innings to make this game a complete farce.
By the third inning, Yankees announcers Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling were talking to a dirt salesman in the booth.
Buchholz let up three homers in the second inning, giving him a 4.56 ERA to end the year. That is by far the best ERA among the Red Sox starters.
Alfredo Aceves let up another shot in the inning for good measure to make it 9-0.
As the Orioles played their guts out and fell just short in Tampa Bay, they saw the listless Red Sox making plane reservations.
The Red Sox have 91 losses, tying the 1923 team for 11th-worst in team history. The teams in the 1920s and 1930s may have lost more games, but they were not hated like this team.
Tomorrow the Red Sox will throw Jon Lester against the Yankees' David Phelps. It is the only game where the Red Sox have a tiny "Winning the lottery"-level chance of winning a game for the rest of the year.
How bad are the Red Sox?
The legendary Peter Gammons wrote on his Twitter page, "No players worked harder at infield practice than Red Sox, 3:30-4 daily. Too bad some people never saw them."
It has come to praising a team taking infield to find a silver lining for this Red Sox team.
They stink and are totally unlikable, but they try when they take infield.
Maybe next year they can care during the game as well.
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