Monday, September 26, 2005

**MOJO** - Perseverance Day 4

Perseverance is something our starter tonight, Curt Schilling, might know a little something about. After all, it was just last year he made not one but two brilliant starts hobbled by an ankle he shouldn't have been able to walk on, much less pitch on. It is just this type of grit and determination which will carry the Red Sox to victory, and with this in mind we turn to one of the more dramatic stories of this nature: that of Aron Ralston.

For those of you who don't remember who Aron Ralston is, he was hiking in Utah in the spring of 2003, when a 1,000 pound boulder fell onto his right arm. After lying in the small canyon he was trapped in for 5 days with little food or water, he realized he needed to take drastic action and severed his own arm below the elbow with a dull multi-tool (is there anything they can't do?), applied first aid, and then hiked to safety.

Needless to say, the Red Sox situation isn't nearly this drastic. With seven days left until the end of the season, and only four until the dramatic showdown with New York, the Sox need to have saved their best baseball for last. The Red Sox remained tied for first, and a win today can also tie them with the Wild Card leading Indians. The postseason is getting closer, and it's going to take everything the Sox can muster to get there. Let Aron Ralston serve as an inspiration: don't give up hope and do what you have to do.

Magic number stands at 8, lets see it go down by tomorrow.


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