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What they’re saying about the collapses

Sep 29, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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We had a taste of what was said about the Red Sox’ collapse last night, but there will be more commentary and reaction coming in all day today.  Come, let us bask in the failure:

  • Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “They failed. They failed in the way this entire month had been a failure. They took an 8 1/2-game lead and threw it all away, and by the time they got done losing Game No. 162 they had made us suffer through all the failures that comprised this failed month.”
  • Peter Abraham, Boston Globe: “There have been nights of anguish over the years for the men who have worn the uniform of the Boston Red Sox. But nothing quite like what transpired at Camden Yards last night.”
  • Scott Lauber, Boston Herald: “It had been a plodding, month-long march to baseball’s version of death — elimination from the playoff race — for the Red Sox. But the execution took only minutes”
  • Grant Brisbee, BaseballNation: It wouldn’t have been right to complete a monumental collapse with a garden-variety loss. There had to be some hope after the hope faded — a dead-cat bounce of hope … The Braves could have made the playoffs if they had won just one game out of their last five. They did not.
  • ESPN Boston: “The long, cold winter has begun.”
  • Chipper Jones: “When you’re in a slump as a team, you find a bunch of different ways to lose. The bats go silent, you get wild on the mound, you walk in runs – whatever. You find ways to lose. Man, we sure did it in the last couple of weeks.”
  • Fredi Gonzalez: “I’m proud of the club. We battled today.”

And that sums up everything you need to know about Fredi Gonzalez. He wasn’t paying attention to last night’s game. He wasn’t paying attention to much of anything, it seems.

  1. mamow74 - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Aaaaahhhhhh. I’m a Mets fan, and my hating of the Braves ended a long time ago, as Jack Donaghy would say, for the last few years I’ve “hate-respected” them. Having said that, if these two collapses means people will stop talking about the Mets collapses from a few years ago, I’m kind of the happiest person on earth. God bless you Atlanta and Boston, Tom Glavine can now live in peace.

  2. rmjcv - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    I can’t wait to see the HBO documentary dramatically narrated by Bob Costas on how the Red Sox blew it again….
    It is completely obvious to me that the baseball Gods do not like the Red Sox. The Rays down 7-0 in the 8th, the Red Sox up 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th w/ 2 outs. I’d even pay money to see the Hollywood version.

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