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Shaughnessy: Game 2 is a “must-win” for the Red Sox

Apr 1, 2014, 8:33 AM EST

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Here’s Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe today, closing a column headlined “Red Sox were lacking championship intangibles”:

Those were the things they did not do on Monday. Luckily, the Red Sox do not play in a town that’s likely to overreact to a loss on Opening Day.

Wednesday night, however, just became a Must Win for the Olde Town Team.

The beginning of baseball season is awesome in every way except for the part in which people forget how the sport’s beauty lies in the fact that no one game is truly significant. As a result, people actually offer Serious Analysis of single games for a few days before hey remember that too.

This is why our game recap feature is decidedly not Serious. Games just happen. Apart from injuries, no one event in them should get anyone too concerned.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    It also hurts Danny-boy that “Cheatin’ Nelson Cruz” hit the game-winner. He’s the Unclean Harold of the MSM.

    • thebirdsareback - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Hes passed two tests since he signed with the Orioles. Go kick them rocks till your big toe throbs bro.

  2. Kevin S. - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    This is your annual reminder that the greatest team in baseball history began its season losing its first three game and four out of its first five. Calm down, CHB.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

      This is my annual appeal to every Red Sox fan to stop referring to Shaugnessy as CHB. That was Carl Everett’s homophobic nickname for this admittedly horrible writer. Let’s prove that the Nation is slightly more evolved than Jurassic Carl, shall we?

      • lphboston - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Shaughnessy is far and away the best writer in Bostopn, and may be the best in the country. In a sea of writers who suck up to the Red Sox, Shaughnessy is the only one with the guts to ask tough questions. He alone questioned how David Ortiz is hitting the way he is in his late 30s, when production should be declining. He alone points out that Ortiz was on the list of PED users.

        There are too many house men covering the Red Sox, and they all blend in. Except for Shaughnessy. He’s the best.

      • johnranta - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

        To lphboston – Shaughnessy is a hack. He hasn’t written an original column in 10 years, he just keeps recycling his bitter, trite BS. One of the Globe’s firewall decisions that both baffles and pleases me is that Shaughnessy is “behind the wall” and Chad Finn, the most original and entertaining writer on the Globe’s sports pages, is available to all. Because I’d never fork over a dime for Dan’s drivel, but I’d pay good money for Finn.

      • jerze2387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Appeal denied. Enough with the PC stuff. CHB is pretty funny, even more so when you picture a pissed off carl everett yelling “..and take your CHB with you!”.

      • Reflex - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        lphboston – I’ll buy it when he asks Hank Aaron the same question about his career.

        jerze2387 – Expecting people to treat others as equals and without slurs is not “PC”. It is basic decency.

      • jerze2387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Hows that considered a “slur”? Everything these days is taken as a ‘slur”. getting a bit liberal with that term. I consider your comment directed at my comment to be a slur, implying i dont ahve decency. And my comment and I are highly offended.

  3. aschwartz2011 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    April fools column?

    • sdelmonte - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      That would suggest he’s not a fool the rest of the year.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    “Red Sox do not play in a town that’s likely to overreact to a loss
    Wednesday night, just became a Must Win”

    What is it called when you say one thing than follow it up with the complete opposite? Oh that’s right:
    con·tra·dic·tion
    ˌkäntrəˈdikSHən/
    noun: contradiction; plural noun: contradictions
    1. a combination of statements, ideas, or features of a situation that are opposed to one another.

    • southpaw2k - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Or irony.

      • Old Gator - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM

        Or stupidity.

      • number42is1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        or Shaughnessy

      • jerze2387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        or CHB

  5. rbj1 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    The New York Yankees started out 0-3 with a chunk of concrete falling from the stadium in 1998. They did pretty well that year.

  6. jbartlett79 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Sadly not an April Fool’s column from Shaughnessy, who has made a living off of doom-and-gloom hyperbole. I facepalmed when I saw the headline this morning too, and the implication that the Sox lack “championship intangibles” — after a day when they racked up 9 hits, Sizemore hit an opening day homer, Bogaerts looked excellent and Lester pitched a gem — but this is entirely normal for him.

  7. Alex K - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    It’s a little bit too far to say that one game isn’t significant. Divisions have been lost by one game. I think it’s better to say that one game will never tell the whole story. Or that one game doesn’t mean any more than another.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      So you think the Sox are currently projected to go 0-162 now?

      • sophiethegreatdane - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        Yeah, because that’s what Alex K was saying.

      • Alex K - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        Huh? How could you possibly get that out of what I said?

    • ezthinking - Apr 1, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Well Craig has written the “opening day doesn’t matter” or “one game doesn’t matter” in at least three pieces now. I think he’s trolling since as you have noted one game often will matter in the final standings.

  8. rdillon99 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    1/162 of a season tells us all we need to know about each team. It’s never to early to panic.

  9. Carl Hancock - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    No one game is truly important. Until losing that one game is the difference between winning your division or getting a wild card spot. Or that one game is the difference between getting a wild card spot or not. No one game is important until the end of the season. Then one game could mean the entire season.

    • Francisco (FC) - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Yes but you had the whole season to win many other games so that last one game wouldn’t bite you in the fanny. If a team finishes the season 1 game out, they have to wonder if they had taken care of business earlier they wouldn’t have been in that position to begin with.

    • dcarroll73 - Apr 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      At that point when your team finishes one game out of a wildcard or division championship, I guess it is legitimate to go back and consider which loss was the most outrageous “one we let get away” (but then I have always been a fan of “chagrin” (pronounced in the truly onomatopoetic French style) – this boy is no follower of Edith Piaf’s “no regrets” outlook.)

  10. mrjameshogg - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Never gets old: http://tinyurl.com/mnuowpw

  11. tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Winning the very last game of last season makes losing the very first game of this season remarkably easy to stomach.

  12. aceshigh11 - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Hack-nessy’s columns are an amusing sideshow, nothing more.

  13. sandpiperair - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Ending the column like that, don’t you think he’s talking more about the Boston fans’ ability to overreact to an opening day loss?

  14. The Dangerous Mabry - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Hell, even great football men can have perspective. Any time someone says “must-win”, I think of Marv Levy, who, when discussing the Super Bowl, said:

    “This is not a must-win; World War II was a must-win.”

    • infieldhit - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      But more often than not, no one can over inflate the importance of a game like a football coach. Well, maybe the media.

  15. andreweac - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    How Shaugnessy still has a job writing about baseball is a complete mystery to me. What a tool.

  16. drewsylvania - Apr 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Please don’t feed the troll, Craig.

  17. dwaynehosey - Apr 1, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I’m not a fan of Shaugnessy’s writing, but I think folks are missing his dry sense of humor. He’s kidding.

  18. patpatriot7 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    What sense of humor? “Shank” is only happy and finds “humor” when things are going bad for the local teams. Too bad sportswriting is a job to him and merely a way to earn his living. He’s basically a good writer but lacks passion for sports. If I were John Henry I’d have him writing obits. A perfect match for this miserable SOB!

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