In the bag

The Sox came from behind last night to take the lead in the eighth inning, and handed the ball to Papelbon to close Tampa out: the closest thing to a done deal in baseball. But…home run, double, double, and the Rays wrenched the lead back, while Boston couldn’t score in the bottom of the ninth. 5-4, Tampa.

When a team’s been playing as well as the Red Sox have been, fans expect either dominance or near miracles every night. We were all welcomed back to earth yesterday. Still, our team took two of three, and is only 1-1/2 games back, with three more games against Tampa next week.

Although before 2004, disaster would have be assured, since that amazing World Series win Red Sox Nation has been experiencing the historical oddity of confidence. It’s in the bag.

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