Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 17, 2013

Plenty to cheer about this fall


And for New England sports fans, it would be hard to imagine anything better. The Red Sox are advancing through the baseball playoffs. The Patriots and Bruins are winning. The Celtics are preparing to start another season. What more could we want?

There’s little in sports to compare with the excitement of playoff baseball. The Red Sox have not made an appearance in the American League Championship Series since 2008. After being eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the 2011 season and 2012’s disastrous last-place performance, this season’s bearded players on a “road to redemption” have produced a story line to rival that of the “Idiots” of 2004.

Bill Burt, Eagle-Tribune executive sports editor and Townsman contributing columnist, put together some telling statistics to convince those who won’t believe the Red Sox are the best in baseball right now.

The Red Sox had 36 come-from-behind wins during the regular season and two in the American League Division Series. The team’s losing streak all year was just three games. When scoring five or more runs in a game this season, the Red Sox were 75-11. The Red Sox were 78-5 when leading after seven innings.

The Red Sox already have given us the pleasure of seeing our team advance from “worst to first” during the regular season, having compiled the best record in the American League. Now, they’re giving us the thrills of playoff baseball.

If the Sox can advance through the ALCS, they will be in the World Series for the third time this still-young century. After all the years of struggle through the 20th century — 86 years without a World Series win — who could have imagined such an embarrassment of riches in our time? Go Red Sox!

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