Sunday Discussion: Septembers to Forget

What's this strange happy feeling I'm having postgame? (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Boston's on a two-game winning streak! Break out the confetti and novelty cakes! Has anything been earned by those wins other than a bit of pride and a return to fourth place? Well, of course not. But a bit of pride is nice these days, and it at least puts us all in a slightly better mood as we pregame for Pats-Cardinals. The Red Sox are now 4-9 in September, a sad coda to a lost season. They're on pace to just about replicate last year's horrifying September, but clearly it's been a different animal this year. Last September was a sudden, unexpected collapse. This year, it's just the worst in a string of bad months.

2011 saw a Red Sox team that stumbled out of the gate, but recovered midseason. Boston went 72-37 over the middle four months of 2011, outscored their opponents by 170 runs over that span, and looked simply unbeatable. Then the wheels came flying off and the wagon burst into flames. It was awful, but there was at least some good baseball beforehand. 2012 has basically been a fiasco from the get-go. There were a few brief patches in May and June, and even a little bit around the All-Star break, when it looked like this team could contend. But they never did, and at this point the losing has pounded us into insensibility.

So for today's quick bit of discussion before the two afternoon games we'll all be watching: which is worse? Is the sudden heartbreak at season's end worse than the long, slow march into October irrelevance? Chat it up, and enjoy today's sportsballing.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker