Saturday, October 16, 2004

Sometimes you shouldn't smile 

Boston Red Sox shortstop Orlando Cabrera was just shown smiling by the Fox broadcast crew. There's nothing wrong with smiling, most of the time. But when you're smiling after almost throwing someone out when your team is losing by 7, it might not be the right time. When your team needs to win tonight to avoid being all but eliminated, it's definitely the wrong time. When all of the above is true and you're a Boston player at Fenway Park... You just might find yourself being skewered on all the radio call-in shows tomorrow. I'm not saying it's right. It's just how things are with the Red Sox. A lot of fans will interpret the smile as a sign that Cabrera doesn't care. He's laughing while their 86-year-old hopes are dashed yet again. To many, it will be obvious that he just doesn't get it, and to Sox fans, that can often be an unpardonable sin. Just ask Nomar Garciaparra, Cabrera's predecessor at the shortstop position.

POST-ALCS UPDATE: I wasn't mad at you, Orlando... And I'm sure anyone who was has forgiven you now. Maybe it was just that loose, easy-going Red Sox style on display.
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