As we approach the opening of the 2007 ALCS, it's instructive to pause and take stock of the "State of the Nation". With all the kvetching that goes on among the citizenry (this citizen included), it's astonishing to recognize how truly lucky we are as fans of the Olde Towne Team.
Since the inception of the Nation 40 years ago (during the 1967 Impossible Dream season), the Red Sox have made the post-season 12 times. Doesn't sound impressive enough? Well, the "perennial" tournament team, the Evil Ones From The Bronx, have made it a grand total of 18 times in that span. Six more lousy appearances over four decades. Big deal.
The point is that the Fenway Faithful have been treated to a long stretch of quality, competitive baseball. If you take out the two strike-ravaged seasons, the Sox have actually averaged almost 88 wins per year (87.5) since 1967. And, we've only had to live through 4 sub-.500 seasons! So, when you throw the remote at your 52" HDTV the next time Tito lets a starter go too long, just remember: You could be members of TropicanaNation.