Well, the Red Sox used up the last of their nine lives last night, and lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Rays. I have to admit, I'm a bit bummed. But, on the bright side, at least they made it interesting.
One thing that's good to see is that, despite all the injuries, the Sox really kept in it. Players who had produced last season didn't do much in this series, with the exceptions of Pedroia, Youkilis, and Drew. Beckett struggled, Lowell was hurt, Ortiz wasn't himself, Ellsbury was nowhere to be found, but they still kept in it. That's promising. And, players who struggled last year in the post-season, namely Coco Crisp, came through in key situations. Last night, they just got beat. It's as simple as that.
It's more frustrating when you lose to a team that is worse than you, and I really don't think that's what happened. The Rays had a great season, and hit their stride going into the playoffs. It was great to watch the Sox come back from 3-1 down to tie the series to force a game seven, too. All you can ask for is to be entertained.
But this isn't to say I'm wishing the Rays luck after they beat my team! Let's go Phillies!