Red Sox must live with Burkett

History has proven a blowout victory does not guarantee success in a short series.

Updated: October 9, 2003, 8:51 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Ghosts, curses, jinxes -- I thought we were a modern society racing into the future on the twin backs of science and technology. The focus this postseason appears to be exorcising the demons of past failures, but that doesn't mean there aren't other things to talk about. Here are a few of them right now&

The simultaneous game thing
How did the two-games-on-at-once thing work out for you last night? Having both LCS games broadcasted simultaneously created a scenario in which all the years of hogging the remote come to the fore, hey guys? A skilled remote jockey could do a credible job of following both games. The fact that one got to be 8-0 in a quick hurry helped the split watching cause as well. That development meant your "hang" game could be Boston-New York and your "diversion" game became Florida-Chicago. By doing the two-game flip thing, you're actually sticking it to the man and defeating the purpose of televising the games in the first place because you're missing most of the commercials.

David Ortiz: get ye to a personal trainer
The Red Sox gave David Ortiz a chance to shine in 2003 and now it's time for him to pay them back. How? By showing up in shape in the spring of 2004. Actually, it's as much for himself as for his employer. There's a picture of him in today's New York Times that unflatteringly shows his profile as he swings. That it was a home run swing is beside the point. Ortiz is 27 and is carrying too much extra weight and while things seem hunky dory at the moment, it will come to haunt his career down the road. He is a talented hitter who could have many, many productive years ahead of him if he trims the ballast.
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