Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino delivered the final blow to the Red Sox, closing a miserable September, and perhaps the most disappointing season in Boston Red Sox franchise history. Though the Orioles would finish the season last in the AL East by a wide margin, and among the worst teams in baseball, they were only too happy to spoil the year for the Red Sox. Andino, who had the walk off hit to win the game, made no apologies for ending Boston’s year.
“End of season like this, to make Boston go home sad, crying, I’ll take it all day,” Andino said. “To walk off, everybody wants to walk off. It’s priceless, man. You don’t have any words for it.”
There are a lot of sports fans around the country that are rejoicing along with Andino. Boston fans have been spoiled by the success of their city’s sports teams recently. The Red Sox were expected to make a World Series run and pick up where the Stanley Cup champion Bruins left off. But after the team’s worst September since 1952 — when they also went 7-20 in the final month — the season comes to an end.
It’s incredible that the 2011 Red Sox’s legacy is that they’re the first team to blow a nine-game playoff lead in September. Don’t get too disappointed if you don’t see LBS writer, and diehard Red Sox fan, Del, writing too much Thursday. It’s been a rough month.