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August 9, 2013

Throw away the stats, this Sox team has it

There’s no other way to say it. This 2013 Red Sox team simply defies logic.

We are now well into August and the Red Sox sit in first place in the America League East, a spot they have owned — other then a few blips — for the last four months.

And you have to ask, how?

No, seriously. How they heck are they doing this?

After approximately 20 years of following major league baseball, I can honestly say I have never seen a baseball team quite like this.

This Sox team has been, no exaggerating, the best team in baseball in 2013.

Through the Houston series, they’ve won 18 games in their final at-bat.

Eighteen!

That’s about 25 percent of their wins coming in the ninth or extra innings. That’s more wins than they had in all of August and September last season.

Of the 18 dramatic wins, 11 have been walk-offs.

This team boggles the mind!

No one would have thought twice if the Sox had lost the Aug. 1 classic. Baseball is a long, long season and the greatest of teams lose 62-plus games. So, trailing by five runs heading into the ninth in a midseason contest, a lot of teams pack it in and call it a day. But not these Sox. A six-run ninth inning later they had an 8-7 victory.

On Tuesday, they fell behind by five runs in the most ugly way possible. Ryan Lavarnway tied a major league record by committing four passed balls in the first inning. Steven Wright, who was making his first major league start, was yanked after one frame.

Quit? No chance.

Simply said, this team has guts like no one else.

In the words of many I have spoken to during my recent dabbling in music video production, this team has it.

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