Why ESPN forced out a power ranking after three games of baseball is something I don't understand, but to be honest, I was almost happy with Boston's #7 slot.
Others in the ITM circle were ecstatic:
TMurph: "Really, I figured they would be 29th, and barely in front of the Pirates."
We all know it's far too early to freak out, but it's what we do. I received emails from coworkers back in Boston saying they tuned into sports radio to hear callers screaming to fire Tito. Now I'm an admitted irrational Red Sox fan at times, but we need to pump the breaks a bit.
Sure, the Yanks and Phillies are number one and two in this fake ESPN power ranking (side note, how are the Yanks number one in front of Philly and Texas???).....but guess what, the Sox are about to square off against the #30 Cleveland Indians. Any city whose motto is "hey, at least we're not Detroit" seems like the good place to get on the right track as a team right?
While we're somehow on the optimism train, Joe Murph and I managed to talk ourselves into a positive mood...here is our irrational, rationale: If the current trend holds, and the Sox players continue to perform pretty much exactly as they have in spring training, Beckett and Dice-K will get us back in the W column, which will followed by big Jon Stud Lester to close the series out in style...sending us back to Fenway to take on the Yanks.