32 days later

32 days later
May 17, 2012, 10:35 pm
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This season, the Red Sox celebrated 100 years at Fenway Park (did you hear about that?), but recently, they've established a dual residence in the basement of the AL East.

Counting today, the Sox have been in last place for 32 straight days. In some ways, it feels like 132, but that's the official count.

32 days.

Can you guess the last time the Sox have spent that much time in last place?

Answer: 1997

From May 13-June 16, Jimy Williams, Wil Cordero, Heathcliff Slocumb and the Sox spent 35 days in the basement. The following day (June 17) the Sox beat Terry Francona's Phillies 12-6 at the Vet to climb ahead of the Tigers and into the 4th place in the AL East. Since then almost 15 years this current cellar-dwelling streak is the only one that even approaches what the Sox did in '97. And with the Sox still 2.5 back, with a difficult schedule looming, there's every reason to believe that they'll set a new mark of futility.

What do you say? Can they go 40? 50?

132?

Or maybe they just have to wait for Terry Francona to get another job.

That's what did the trick last time.

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