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Don't Panic?

by Eric Being Eric this Red Sox team might not be living up to our expectations yet. If you're anything like me your were originally skeptical of the team Theo and co. were putting out on the field, but then suddenly we were bombarded by the sabermetricians. Pitching and defense! Balanced lineup! Have you seen the UZRs on this team? I was sold and ready for another run at the division crown (or at least the wild card). My favorite book growing up was The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and if I learned anything from that book (other than to always have a towel on hand) I learned not to panic. Baseball season is a long haul. Did you know the Yankees started last season at 15-17 and finished with 103 wins? Oh, you've heard that before...well if the evil empire can do it, so can we, right?
Here is why I'm starting to sweat a little this season: I don't doubt that the Sox will get hot and go on a run at some point. This team is too good to be this bad all season. However, we do find ourselves seven games back in a division with possibly the two best teams in all of baseball and now our boys have to play seven games better than these teams to win the AL East. I know we're told that April and May games don't matter, but if we miss the playoffs by two games won't this wretched start seem a little bit more important?
My favorite thing about baseball is that even with all the numbers it is still unpredictable. If it weren't, why would we watch (other than seeing a tremendous Youkilis beard every now and again)? I haven't given up on the season yet and neither should you, but if you feel like sweating a little that's perfectly understandable because I know I am. Good thing I always have a towel.


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