Sunday Discussion: A Long September

In a month, we can try to pretend that Podsednik batting third never happened. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

We've all at this point come to terms with the fact that the Red Sox have probably played their last meaningful game for a little while. What they haven't done, though, is played their last game. In fact, there's another 29 contests left on the schedule, and while they won't all be as brutal as Friday's Bane-esque beatdown, the majority of those games seem likely to end badly.

So how are we all planning to deal with this? I mean, crawling into a quiet corner and weeping until spring is certainly an option. But if there's another month of the baseball season to go, may as well try to have some fun with it. The Dodgers, now chock-full of former Red Sox, are still contending, as for that matter are the PawSox-infused Oakland A's. Either could be worth extra viewing in the next few weeks.

There's the AL East race between New York and Baltimore. It could be entertaining to watch as the battle between Evil and Incredibly Annoying heads down to the wire. You could try the time-honored method of paying attention when the key pieces of next year's team (Pedroia, Ellsbury, Lester) are playing, and getting a beer whenever they call Aceves out of the pen.

So what say you? How are you going to approach this last month?

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