August 21 is quite early enough to raise the white flag on the Blue Jays season. But the Red Sox?
Today's 2-1 Yankees win at Fenway effectively ends the division race before it has even begun.
Thus a rare five-game series ends in Boston, the Yankees winning all five rather unbelievably, given history, the law of averages and all that. As Soxaholix put it this morning: "There's something to be said for an old school ass whooping that leaves all your hopes pooled up in a gob of bloody snot on the curb."
Last week's trade of Hinske is regarded by some around here as the official cry-uncle on their season (I thought the Jays' white-flag moment came at the trading deadline, when when there was barely so much as a sniff of J.P. Ricciardi's laundry, during that deadening 2-8 west coast trip, but I'd imagine Shea Hillenbrand, among others, would disagree), but who would've thought the Sox would roll over and play dead so quickly behind them?
Here's something the two division also-rans also share -- GMs who blame the payroll.