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It was the best of times...

It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.

But I prefer to remember the best of times. And if you do too, then watch this video:

Red Sox Montage :: Google Video

This video makes me feel good inside. But after watching it for the 10,000 time, I'm not quite sure if my feelings have converted over to sadness. It pains me to see all these great plays and then think to myself: "9-21 in August..."

With bad there's always good, right? Here are some of those good points to this less-than-stellar second half (there aren't many):

  • Bryan Corey.
    The Sox traded for him, he appeared in one game, and then was cut loose. He's back and getting a lot of quality outs against a lot of good teams. Will he be an option out of the bullpen in 2007? I'm hoping so.
  • Craig Breslow.
    Another bullpen arm that is getting the outs. He's only pitched 6.2 innings so far, but deserves to see action in closer games.
  • David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Trot Nixon, Wily Mo Pena, and Jason Varitek.
    They're healthy. Yay.
  • Tim Wakefield and Jonathan Papelbon.
    They're coming back. Yay.
  • Kevin Youkilis
    We've learned that he is very versatile. He may not be the most graceful in left field, but he's not the worst option out there. Watch next year as Youkilis will lose 50 pounds and star in center field.
  • Kyle Snyder, Kason Gabbard, etc.
    They haven't been fantastic day in and day out, but they've had their games. We know these guys can get the major league outs, and that'll help us down the road.

Feel free to add to the list!