15 years ago, pretty much to the week, the future of the Red Sox franchise changed forever. The Sox were chugging along under first year manager Terry Francona. They were ok but didn’t appear to be going anywhere fast. Then, the Sox and Yankees mixed it up at Fenway Park and Jason Varitek stuck his mitt in A-Rods smug face. A brawl ensued and the Sox won the game in a walk off surrendered by Mo Rivera.
A few days later Theo Epstein sent Nomar away and the rest is history.
This years Sox squad kind of feels like that 2004 team. Talent. Expectations. But not much to show for it until this past week. Boston had a great seven days going 5-2 against the pesky Rays and hated Yankees. Boston scored 44 runs against the first place Yanks. That’s the most ever in a four game series.
Cora’s crew made up two games in the Wild card standings and sit just 1 game out as of Monday.
If last week was a test, this week could be the final exam. Boston is home for three more against the Rays and then to the Bronx for four more with New York.
Plus, we are closing in on the trade deadline which is Wednesday.
This should be a playoff team. But to make a postseason run they need some momentum, and a little injection of talent. This should be an interesting week.