i'm one of those folks that will never stop believing, and, especially after the '04 ALCS, i wouldn't ever count the red sox out when a chance still remains.
that said, like you guys, i'm frustrated as heck right now... having a hard time keeping positive about our chances in the playoffs even if we do make it in.
that got me thinking about our farm system and upcoming years. with the strange barrage of injuries, we got to see a lot of players we didn't expect to see. of those, none left a lasting impression. i think reddick will amount to something, but will it be for the sox? who knows. lavarnway* shows promise as a hitter, but i don't think anyone believes he can be a big league catcher (yet) defensively. kalish is certainly promising, but only as a compliment to ellsbury, who we could very easily lose. just think of an outfield made up of crawford, kalish and reddick.
our short-stop position has never been solid, but to be honest, scutaro has played his way into it this year and solidly established himself there. i think between youk and lowrie we have a third baseman, and we always know who will be on first and second.
i refuse to even talk about pitching at this stage, but i don't think anyone who has read sports news of late could argue there is going to be an issue that the offseason really needs to fix.
so, apart from first and second, a piecemeal third and whom we settle for at ss, i'm nervous.
*i do think salty is our catcher... it's just that i don't have any feeling in particular about the guy in the position.