Globe Editorial

Red Sox: A marathon, not a sprint

April 14, 2011

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There are plenty of things worth worrying about this spring. The price of gas is going through the roof. Fish swimming near Japan may soon be glowing in the surf. And the nation’s political caste can’t seem to come to a sensible agreement on taxing and spending. But one thing not worth losing sleep over is the stumbling, bumbling start to the Red Sox season.

True, the expensive roster assembled by general manager Theo Epstein had the worst record in the majors as of yesterday. So far, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. A 162-game baseball season bears a certain resemblance, however, to the ebb and flow of history. At the start of the year, who would have guessed that Hosni Mubarak would be talking to prosecutors about the sources of his family’s wealth, or that the Arab League would invite NATO planes to fire missiles at Moammar Khadafy’s mercenaries?

This is a time for Sox fans to recollect their despair after the Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the 2004 playoffs. It wasn’t a miracle when the wheel of fortune started spinning in a different direction. It was more like a triumph of long-term reality over short-term appearances. And what happened before can happen again. Only this time the home town team has 150 games — a baseball eternity — to turn things around. More than faith, fans need patience.