Do Sox need No. 1 seed to win World Series?

Do Sox need No. 1 seed to win World Series?
September 24, 2013, 11:00 pm
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We're buying and selling with Bob Ryan on Sports Tonight.

First up: Rondo needs until December to get healthy. Buy or sell?

Ryan is buying - he's not going to rush Rondo back.

"I'm going to go with the Derrick Rose theory that if there's the slightest doubt, add another week," Ryan said. "I supported Rose last year totally. he wanted to come back as 1005 package that he was or 99.9%, whatever he can be of that package. Rondo should be the same way for a team that is not going to be a contender, a threat, or even the big dream is to make the playoffs."

Ryan doesn't think the Celtics will be as bad as others do, and doesn't think they'll be a bottom 5 team.

Next up: Do the Red Sox need the No.1 seed to win the World Series?

Ryan's answer: Sell!

"Need? No. Nobody does," he said. "Nobody needs- just look at the recent history since the institution of the three-tier playoffs of 1995. Wild Cards teams have won. I think only three or four teams with the best record won. So you don't need it. … It's about pitching, pitching, pitching, pitching. If your pitchers can pitch anywhere, then that's fine. It's nice to have, but you don't need it."