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It’s always painful to be let down. Whether it’s Christmas presents, a date, or sports, you hate to get your hopes high, just to have them dropped in the end. As a Red Sox fan, I am far too familiar with that.I thought, though, that after having two championships in six years, those days were over for a while.

Boy, was I wrong.

A perfect example came last night, as the Red Sox lost to the Yankees 11-9 on a walk-off homerun by Marcus Thames in the 9th.

The circumstances of this were not typical of the past few years, though. With the two teams going in opposite directions, the Yankees on their way up and the Red Sox on their way down, it seemed no stage for drama. But, once again, I was wrong.

After the Yankees took a 6-1, the Red Sox came storming back in the 5th with a three run homer by JD Drew and three more runs in the 8th inning, courtesy of a two-run shot by Kevin Youkilis and a solo homer by Victor Martinez.

The came the 6’4″ question mark, Jonathon Papelbon. He’s known for giving Sox fans heart attacks, running games to the wire, but usually pulling it out in the end. Last night in the Bronx was NOT one of those cases. The heart attack finally killed us last night.

Alex Rodriguez’s monster shot to left-center field tied the game 9-9 and, three batters later, Marcus Thames took another Papelbon fastball down the line for the walk-off.

This highlights the two very opposite directions that the Red Sox and Yankees are going. At 25-13, I expect the Yankees to run with the Rays until the final days of the season for the AL East crown. As for the Red Sox, watch them fade over the year, back into third and, depending on how Toronto shapes up, even 4th place. It has been a lack of production from guys the Red Sox put a lot of faith into, from Josh Beckett to David Ortiz. Like we say in Boston, perhaps next year is the year.

-Dan Martin

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