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.

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