Big Papi’s struggled with his wrist injury all year. Manny’s playing for the Dodgers. Mike Lowell has just been officially shut down for the year with his hip injury. Most MLB teams do not recover from events such as these.
Last night’s victory over the L.A. Angels and the Red Sox advancing to the league championship series is a testimony to GM Theo Epstein’s vision. The Sawx are deep, talented and able to respond nimbly to potential roadblocks. The heroes of last night? Jed Lowrie and Jason Bay–the first is just breaking into the big leagues after being developed in the Sox farm system, the latter is the guy they identified to replace Manny and engineered a three-team deal to acquire.
It’s a Red Sox Nation, baby. Fans of the Angels know this in their bones, having lost 11 out of the last 12 post season games they have played against Boston. I’m not so sure the World Series is imminent (the Rays certainly have had our number this year), but then again, the Angels beat the Sox 8 out of 9 in the regular season and they’re already on the golf course!