The question that is all on our minds these days. Could the 2011 Red Sox challenge the 1927 Yankees for best team EVAIR?!?!?!? Thankfully, New England Sports Network is putting in the time:
The Red Sox have won 100 or more games three times in their 110-year existence.
They will make it four in 2011. But this team has the potential to accomplish something even bigger than winning 100 games.
The last time the Red Sox reached the 100-win mark was 1946, when they went 104-50-2 and lost the World Series to the Cardinals in seven games.
Prior to that, the Red Sox posted 101 wins in 1915 and 105 in 1912. Both seasons ended with World Series titles.
Will the duck boats be rolling through the streets of Boston again next fall?
Bookmakers like the Red Sox’ chances. Current odds put them at 9-2 to win the 2011 World Series. Only the Phillies, at 7-2, are bigger favorites, with the Yankees not far behind at 5-1 shots.
Championships, of course, aren’t won in January. But championship teams are built during the offseason, andTheo Epstein has put together a roster that would make Branch Rickey proud.
Quick! TO THE CONCLUSION:
The 2001 Mariners won 116 regular-season games to set the American League record for most wins in a single season and tie the 1906 Cubs for the major league record (though the North Siders accomplished the feat in 152 games). Both those teams failed to win the World Series. The Cubs lost to the White Sox in six games in the Fall Classic. The Mariners didn’t even make it that far, falling to the Yankees in five games in the ALCS.
The Red Sox have no intention of suffering a similar fate. The way they are constructed, they could surpass the 116-win mark, but nothing less than a World Series title will make Boston happy.
The 2011 Red Sox possess all the pieces to have a season for the ages. If everything falls into place and the breaks go their way, they could do more than set records and become champions. They could do more than take their place on Immortality Peak and end up being mentioned in the same sentence as legendary clubs of the past: the 1929 A’s, the epic Yankees teams of the ‘30s, the 1970 Orioles, the 1976 Reds.
Hmmm, I wonder what will happen with these 2011 Red Sox? Anybody know?????
PS Braves, you are SO FUCKING LUCKY!