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Rosenthal has Sox faith

To the doubters in Red Sox Nation, please read this:

Now, the Sox are taking steps to enhance their chances of winning the Series, even if it costs them the American League East title.

To succeed in the postseason, the Sox need to rest their pitchers and mend their position players. Finishing ahead of the Yankees is -- and should be -- a lower priority.


Seriously, does anyone think it would be wise for the Sox to refrain from resting pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curt Schilling and Hideki Okajima in an effort to hold off the Yankees?

Does anyone think it would be wise for them to rush back their three injured regulars -- left fielder Manny Ramirez, center fielder Coco Crisp and first baseman Kevin Youkilis?

In case anyone has forgotten, the wild card was the launching point for the Sox's run to the 2004 World Series title. The '02 Angels and '03 Marlins also won the Series as wild-card teams.

He brings up a good point, but I'm not sure if he completely understands Red Sox Nation. We want the post-season, yes, but the division is what's really pushing us Sox fan. The Sox last won the AL East in 1995 ... 1995! That's ridiculous.

I want to win the division, but I want to win a World Series more. Maybe this is the way it'll have to happen.