The final, exciting two months of the 2013 Boston Red Sox’s regular season are here! The Red Sox have played more than two-thirds of their season’s games. Boston is in first place in its division. it has a potential wild card to fall back on, if needed. The Red Sox have a composite UBWS (#UnlessBigWinningStreak) score of +32.4 at the moment. Boston is moving closer toward reaching each of its four initial team objectives. What are these objectives, and how close are the Red Sox to reaching them?
1. Beat 2012 Number of Wins (69).
Boston’s first initial team objective is to beat last year’s record of wins. On Tuesday night, August 6, Boston tied the 2012 team record for wins. In their next game against the Houston Astros, the Red Sox have a chance to reach this objective of beating last year’s win record. Every game won afterwards just adds to the new 2013 record and moves the team closer to the next initial objective.
2. Beat Our Preseason Prediction for 2013 Number of Wins (81)
Boston’s second initial team objective is to beat our preseason prediction for this year’s number of wins. We did not dare to go beyond our modest, preseason prediction that the Red Sox would win 81 games this season. If Boston maintains its composite UBWS score at +28.0 or above for the rest of this month, it can reach this initial team objective before August ends.
3. Beat 2011 Number of Wins (90)
Boston’s third initial team objective is to beat the 2011 record of wins. Some Red Sox fans, like us, probably do not even remember how many games the team won in 2011! We probably just remember the September collapse. However, next month the Red Sox want to reach the 2011 number of wins, go by it, and not collapse this time! As I mentioned previously, Boston can reach its second initial team objective by the end of this month, if it keeps its composite UBWS at +28.0 or above. If the Red Sox do the same for the remainder of the regular season, they can reach this third team objetive, let’s say, by September 20.
4. Reach Number of Victories Necessary to Win Division and/or American League Wild Card for 2013 Playoffs (95).
Boston’s fourth initial team objective is to qualify for this year’s playoff the best way possible. Ninety-five wins is usually set as the number needed for the Red Sox to qualify and make the playoffs. Boston wants to win the Eastern Division, but if not, at least to qualify for the playoffs! As I mentioned previously, if the Red Sox continue to maintain their composite UBWS score at or above +28.0 for the last part of this regular season, they can reach this fourth team objective in late September, let’s say, in the final, away series of the season against the Baltimore Orioles.
These are just four initial team objectives for the 2013 Boston Red Sox. We have more objectives beyond these four initial ones. However, these come first and must be met first. We shall keep the rest of our dreams to ourselves, until we get closer to seeing them become a reality.
SOMEBODY WILL SAY
Somebody will say that these four initial team objectives just cannot be done,
but we with a chuckle reply
that “maybe they can’t”, but we will be ones
who won’t say so till our team has tried them.
So if the Sox buckle right in with a trace of a grin
on their faces, and if they have worries and they hide them,
and if the fans start to sing as their team tackles these things
that can’t be done, just may the Red Sox will do them.
Somebody will scoff, “Oh, Boston will never reach these four initial team objectives;
at least for a while the team has not reached them.”
But our players will go to the ballpark and put on their uniforms,
and the first thing we’ll know is that they’ve owned them,
With a lift of their chins and a bit of a grin,
without any self-doubting or objections.
If the fans start to sing as their team tackles these things
that can’t be done, just maybe the Red Sox will do them.
There are thousands to tell you that these four initial team objectives just cannot be done.
Thre are thousands to prophesy the Red Sox’s failure.
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
all the other teams that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin.
Just put on your uniforms and go to it.
The fans will start to sing as you tackle these things
that “can’t be done”, and just maybe you’ll do them!
Let’s go, Red Sox!