The Good 69

The Good 69

As many fans are already aware, your Boston Red Sox last night hit a magical number of wins. A number so fantastic that it usually only comes once, but only when you do it right.

That number is the Red Sox 69th win of the season.

Big deal right? 69 wins. Pre-season predictions were at least in the 80s for most New Englanders. I am pretty sure the MLB odds at any sportsbook were not favored toward the Red Sox coming into October as a Wild Card, and here they are playing to stay in first place in early August.

But this season, the Sox have hit their 69th win in only 115 games. That gives them 69 wins and 46 losses prior to the outcome of Wednesday night’s tilt in Houston. With the Tampa Bay Rays currently 1.5 games back, the MLB website gives the Sox a 96% chance to make the playoffs, which is second best in the AL, only to Detroit’s 98.8%.

On top of all of these numbers and wins and division races lies the true thought that I have been entertaining lately. Something that I have wanted to get off my chest for about a week now. I’ve been trying to find the right way/place/time/platform to say it in. But here it is:

I like this 2013 as much, IF NOT MORE, than the idiots of 2004.

Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Most of my most fond memories of 2004 revolve around bitterly cold nights dropping some Octoberfests (ok, I was in college, it was Keystone… work with me), and watching the players on the field breathing misty clouds into the air while their faces squeeze out of body-sock material.David-Ortiz-of-the-Boston-Red-Sox-speaks-during-a-pre-game-ceremony-at-Fenway-Park-on-April-20-2013.-Image-via-AFP.

Either way, this team is fun to watch. For the first time in years, we have dirt dogs back on the field at Fenway in Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, and Dustin Pedroia. Ben Cherington made a deal at the deadline for a gritty pitcher in Jake Peavey, who boasts a career ERA of 3.49 over 296 starts. David Ortiz is crushing the ball again. Jacoby Ellsbury is headed down the stretch toward a free agent offseason. Not to mention the epic Dominican accent heard ’round the world with “This is our f@cking city!”

And best of all, the walk-off wins. Business in Boston has been slow since no one can go to bed until the games are over. The walk-off nature of this team has been a true anxiety builder for all fans. Luckily, it’s come after two seasons of utter disappointment.

Somehow, I cannot help but feel that the two years of disappointment were good for Boston. After becoming spoiled fans and expecting extreme success year after year, those two years brought us back down to Earth.

And it’s good to be back.



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