The Boston Red Sox have a new campaign to win back fans.
They are insisting they have 162 chances to redeem themselves.
Cats only have nine lives, but the Red Sox are defying the odds-makers from Las Vegas. They could win 162 games, though based on last season, it is far more possible they could lose 162 games.
We think it is redundant to wish the Sox "Bon Chance," 162 times.
How many times can you spin the wheel and have it come up red? We feel black moods may be far more likely in the world of Red Sox roulette.
If fans have given the Red Sox merely one more chance to turn around the fates, the Sox always go 161 chances better. We have to admire their confidence and defiance of the law of probability.
That may be why the man in front of you at the convenience store always buys 162 lottery tickets.
We did see the Sox are offering fans about 162 ticket packages. You can see one game per month in a group of four, collected together under witty names like "Four Lackey Games," or "Jacoby's 4 Wishbones," or "The Four Feather Package."
The Red Sox might as well put up a new sign over the entrance to the bleachers that states, "Last Chance Saloon," or perhaps that is being held in reserve for the clubhouse.
When we consider how many ways the Red Sox have lost games in the past two seasons, we think 162 chances is a bit understated.
John Henry's favorite poet Robert Browning might well wax eloquent with the words, "Let me count the ways."
With the Red Sox reliance on sabermetrics, we know that 162 is not a number pulled out of thin air or whole cloth. It is a number that represents the entire Sox universe.