September 24, 2005
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Losing It

Red Sox Nation is all a-natter as the Sox, once expected to breeze to the division past the aging and exhausted Yankees, fall into second place. What people don't mention is that 2004 was a surprise: surely, the plan was to win it this year. Last year, the Sox were over-achievers; this year, they're good. But good isn't always enough; that's why they play the games.

Little noticed, but enthralling, is the unfolding collapse of the Chicago White Sox, who a few weeks ago were the phenom of the league and a mortal lock for the playoffs and who, suddenly, are bidding to surpass the '64 Phillies. (A pity Gene Mauch didn't live to see the day)