No less an authority on winning than future Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells defines performance in the simplest of terms, “You are what your record says you are.”
In other words, no excuses. For instance, if you’re playing at a .500 clip but you think you are better than that, sorry, you’re not–at least at that moment. You are, Parcells believes, your record.
Following last night’s 6-3 loss to the Red Sox, the South Siders are that .500 team (63-63). So, who are we? If you look at our lineup and pitching staff on paper and all the positive signs we’ve seen, you can certainly make a case that we’re good team. But the truth is that because we’ve been close to first in an admittedly weak division, perhaps the perception has been that we’re better than we really are. Remember, you are your record.
Deja vu all over again
Last night in the eighth, with the score tied 3-3, the ’09 Sox offense was played out in microcosm. With Quentin (single) on third and Kotsay, running for Konerko (single), on first with no outs here was a golden opportunity to take lead. But Dye, in a terrible slump since the All-Star break, popped out to short. A.J. struck out and Rios, who hasn’t found himself yet in a Sox uniform, popped out to second. Taking advantage of our blown chance, The Red Sox scored three in the bottom of the frame to seal the deal.
“That’s been our problem all year long,” Ozzie said after the game. “If you watch this ballclub closely, you’ll see we’re really bad with men on third base and less than two out–maybe the worst team in baseball right now.”
We’re back at it tonight, trying to win the next two at Fenway in an effort to split the series. How does Ozzie look at this team’s position?
“Right now, this is a man’s game. I know what I’ve got. I’m still waiting for it to show up.”
Good News Department
Freddy Garcia really stepped up last night, scattering five hits over 6 1/3 with five strikeouts. His outing didn’t translate into a win, but with the pitching staff having its struggles it was nice to see him pitch well. We need him.
SOX 11-GAME ROAD ODYSSEY SCORECARD: 0-2, TIED WITH TWINS FOR SECOND PLACE, 4 1/2 GAMES IN BACK OF THE TIGERS.