Three things we learned about Red Sox Tuesday night

Three things we learned about Red Sox Tuesday night
July 9, 2014, 12:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Three things we learned from the Red Sox's 8-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday . . .

1) Tuesday's loss felt like a funeral.
It was just another defeat, one more setback in a season full of them, and yet, Tuesday's 8-3 thrashing by the Chicago White Sox seemed to carry more significance.
Maybe it was the day-long rumors swirling around Jake Peavy. Or the weary answers provided by John Farrell after the loss, in which he somberly acknowledged that this was viewed internally as a make-or-break homestand for the Red Sox and, well...
You get the idea.
The clubhouse had an unnatural quiet to it. It's typically downbeat after a loss, but this was especially so.
At the start of this homestand, the Red Sox believed they could make some progress. They had 10 games to do so before the break, with seven games against two sub-.500 teams from Chicago sandwiched around a Baltimore team that hardly seemed invincible.
Maybe a 7-3 homestand would convince the front office that there was still a chance at the post-season, and the team was worthy of some trade deadline improvements.
That's gone now with a lowly 1-7 mark in the first eight games and the prospect of Chris Sale pitching against them Wednesday night.
Sure, there's almost three months left in the season, but at this point, that seems more like a threat than a promise.
Farrell conceded there was disappointment that the club hadn't done more with the opportunity presented by the schedule. Peavy, who has one foot out the door, conceded: "I certainly would have to agree that we've made things awfully tough for ourselves.''
For a player as competitive as Peavy, that was tantamount to a white flag.

2) This is not an act with Jake Peavy.
Peavy was quite emotional in talking about the likelihood of being dealt before the end of the month.
"I take pride in being a man,'' said Peavy, "but I hope you all aren't around to see my cry like a baby because if that day does comes, it's going to be tough for me to look some guys in the eye and know that I'm not going to be on their team.''
He also spoke unashamedly of his "love'' for the organization and the city.
This is the same Jake Peavy who curses himself when he doesn't make a pitch, who screams at full volume into his glove in frustration as he walks off the mound, who blames himself for a 12-inning loss in which he allowed one earned run over six innings when the team lost in the 12th.
In an era in which players routinely change teams and allegiences without giving it a second thought, Peavy is a throwback.
Winning the World Series last October made Peavy's career. He'd accomplished a lot in the game beforehand, from being a first-round pick, a multi-time All-Star, and a Cy Young Award-winner.
But winning a championship was what drove Peavy, and even if he wasn't a huge contributor in the post-season, he reveled in the team achievement.
He felt a "brotherhood'' with his championship teammates, and if you think that's some phony sentiment, then explain the purchase of the duck boat last fall and the immense pride he felt in owning a piece of Boston in his native Alabama.
Red Sox fans didn't get the prime of Jake Peavy's career, but they always got his best effort. And at a time when fans wonder if millionaire athletes with guaranteed contracts actually, you know, care -- that was never up for question with Peavy.

3) Brandon Workman won't be gone long.
The Sox needed a roster spot to make room for Rubby De La Rosa's start on Wednesday night and optioning Workman was the path of least resistance.
Thanks to the schedule, it's possible that Workman may not even miss a scheduled start.
He wasn't slated to pitch again before the break, and with the All-Star break coming up next week, he could be back in Boston and on the mound in the first series of the second half against Kansas City.
If the Sox deal Peavy before the start of the second half, both Workman and De La Rosa will be permanent fixtures in the rotation as the club gets a head start on 2015. If Peavy is still here when the games resume after the break, they can either option De La Rosa back to Pawtucket and call Workman back, or keep De La Rosa here and have Workman wait until a deal for Peavy can be completed.