When the goin' gets tough, when your team drops five straight games to the Bankees, when you sense there's no saving the season, it's best to just turn it off and find a new hobby. I did it last year fairly successfully and I'm doing it again this year. I got too much on my mind to occupy any of it with baseball. Here's the original post from last September with some slight modifications.
I'm on the NO SOX DIET.
What does this involve, you might ask. Well, let me give you the lowdown:
NO ASKING BUDDIES OR BROTHER HOW THE SOX ARE DOING
NO TELEVISED GAMES (this including the middle of September series against Spanks)
NO ESPN RADIO
I'm essentially locking baseball in the cupboard until AFTER the regular season is complete.
"Aw, j3, you're not going to support your beloved Sox?"
"And you consider yourself a true fan?"
"You're a coward."
"It's just a game."
Yeah, that's fine. I'll catch some flack, but you know what, don't question my loyalty to the Sox. It's because I'm a true fan that I'm taking precautions. Because I know how much it stings. I know how frustrating it is. I would contend that the people who say I'm not a true fan because I feel such anxiety are not true fans. They don't know nothing about this. I just decided I'm going to try something new this year.
Now, I'm soliciting the support of my loved ones, friends, Spankee fans, Sox fans, an Oriole fan, co-workers and so on.
1. PLEASE DO NOT TELL/EMAIL/FAX ME THE SCORE, THE STANDINGS OR THE RESULTS FROM LAST NIGHT'S GAME.
2. PLEASE DO NOT TEASE ME FOR GOING ON MY DIET.
3. IN THE CASE THAT THE SOX DO NOT MAKE IT INTO THE PLAYOFFS, PLEASE DO NOT BADGER ME UNTIL AFTER OCTOBER 2ND. LIKEWISE, IF THEY DO NOT MAKE INTO THE PLAYOFFS, I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DOWNFALL OF THE 2005 RED SOX.
Until October 3rd, you can just assume that I don't even know what baseball is.
The diet begins today. Sox are down six and a half games to the Spanks with 37 games to go.