Who knew rock bottom would look this way.
I didn’t think David Ortiz wouldn’t be among the AL batting leaders at rock bottom.
I wouldn’t have imagined a pitching staff with Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz would be part of rock bottom.
As for the bullpen, that’s what a rock bottom pen looks like.
Bobby Valentine as the manager of a team hitting rock bottom? That seems to be more and more likely each time he talks or has Ortiz and Kelly Shoppach try and steal bases.
Despite the doom and gloom of the early 2012 Red Sox season, there is a slight sliver of hope.
I present the ‘Ben Affleck movie release date theory (BAMRDT).’
When Affleck has a movie scheduled for release in Oct., rest assured the Red Sox are going to the World Series.
Surviving Christmas – Starring Ben Affleck. Release date Oct. 22, 2004.
Gone Baby Gone – Directed by Ben Affleck. Release date Oct. 10, 2007.
I will admit Gone Baby Gone is a far superior movie to Surviving Christmas and gets points for double Affleck action as Ben’s brother Casey stars in the film. However, quality of films has no bearing on the BAMRDT.
As you may have noticed, in one film Ben is an actor and the other a director. A singular focus in each.
This brings me to 2012 and…..
Argo – Starring and Directed by Ben Affleck. Tentative release date Oct. 12, 2012.
This fits the BAMRDT criteria, but that release date is not set in stone. Warner Bros. could wreak havoc on the theory, but for now everything seems to be in place. Here’s what imdb.com says about the plot: “As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.”
I have no idea if that sounds good or not, but the BAMRDT does not require the movie be good, just released in October. However, with this year off to such a poor start surely not even the BAMRDT could possibly save it. This may very well prove to be true, but Affleck sensed this and thus ratcheted things up on his end. He’s an actor/director in Argo – a double focus. Ben knew the lack of off-season signings and hiring of Valentine would require some extra magic on his part to reverse the trend and selflessly decided to pull double duty.
If this theory pans out, I’m nominating Affleck for all-time president of Red Sox Nation. If the BAMRDT doesn’t pan out, I know what movie I’ll be going to see rather than watching the World Series in October.