State of the Nation: Red hot

Looking back on my Sox-related posts through 2007, N4N has revealed himself as just schizophrenic fan, predicting a World Series win at one point and plunging into depths of despair at others. Yet if this squad sometimes seemed to lack the dynamic personality/identity of the 03-04 crew, it held first place in the AL East since April -- no small feat -- and came out of its shell during the Friday night celebration. Melvin Mora, consider yourself an honorary member of Sox Nation.

It was touching to see Terry Francona, a terrific manager, IMHO, clutching some of his players in a fatherly way, with unabashed emotion, after the Orioles beat the Yankees.

Tito, by the way, has set the rotation for the series against the Angels: Beckett-Dice-Schilling.

(You can find info about the image at the top of this post from the folks at the Red Seat.)

Go Sox!

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