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Repeat after me: 'The Red Sox have not turned the corner, the Red Sox have not turned the corner..."

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Repeat after me: 'The Red Sox have not turned the corner, the Red Sox have not turned the corner..."

Alex Cora demands accountability of his players, and the media should be no different. So in the interests of accountability, let's take a cringe-worthy trip through the 2019 archives.

April 21: "It's hard to overstate the significance of sweeping the first place Rays. Not only did the Red Sox draw within five games of Tampa, they finally looked like the team that won it all last year."

May 1: "Add it up and they have very sneakily won eight of their last 12, which projects to -- hey, why does this number sound familiar? -- 108 wins."

May 10: "We felt cautious optimism as the Sox turned a corner in late April, but now they're in full rampage mode, providing yet another reminder that the 2018 World Series champions have not, in fact, left the building."

May 17: "The Red Sox believe they've righted the ship after starting 3-9 and 9-15. They're coming off a walk-off win over the Rockies and have surged over the last month, from the return to form of dominating ace Chris Sale, to the emergence of rookie slugger Michael Chavis, to the breakthrough of third baseman Rafael Devers."

June 20: "After taking two of three from the American League-leading Twins to run their overall streak to seven wins in eight games, it's fair to say that the Red Sox are ba--. They're ba--. They're BA--. They're …"

The author of all that ill-fated optimism? This guy. But I've finally learned my lesson, because you know how the saying goes: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me 11 times, shame on the Boston Red Sox.

Well I'm not falling for it anymore. I don't care if they win 20 in a row, I will not declare that the Red Sox have turned a corner or rediscovered their championship mojo. Cora and the players can go there, but not me.

From here on out, let skepticism reign. How many times must we watch the Red Sox make what feels like a leap forward, only to plow straight into that Jersey barrier? The latest example came this weekend, when they returned home after taking two of three from the AL-leading Twins and promptly lost two of three to the hapless Blue Jays, blowing a 6-0 lead on Saturday before being blown out in Sunday's finale.

The loss dropped the Red Sox to a game under .500 at Fenway Park, where they won 57 games last year. They trail the Yankees by eight games in the division and Tampa by 3.5 games for the first wild card. If the season ended today, they wouldn't even make the playoffs. They trail both the Indians and Rangers, and if they're not careful, they could let the lowly White Sox back into the race over the next three nights. They boast a winning record against just two of the top seven teams in the AL (2-1 vs. Minnesota and 4-3 vs. Oakland). Their odds of making the playoffs remain a dismal 31.4 percent.

Their slide down the standings isn't a mirage, either. They're not only seventh in the American League in record, they rank seventh in no fewer than eight statistical categories, from team ERA (4.27) to home runs (111) to fielding percentage (.983).

Does this sound like a team turning the corner to you? Me, neither. They are the definition of slightly above average, and the sooner we accept it, the easier it will be to take when they sweep the Yankees and then lose three of four to the Orioles, or move in to the second wild card spot on a Thursday and trail three teams for it by Sunday.

So that's it, I'm done. I'm out. You want to know if the Red Sox have finally turned the corner? Talk to me in October.

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Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

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Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Of all of Fenway Park's quirks, my favorite might be how the 315-foot sign on the Green Monster suddenly became 310.

It's possible I love this story because the sportswriter gets to be the hero.

In 1995, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy decided to settle one of the most persistent rumors of his career. He remembers hearing it as a cub reporter during the 1975 World Series, when the Reds insisted to a man that Fenway's famed left field fence couldn't possibly be 315 down the line.

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They all believed it was closer, but no one could prove it, because the Red Sox resisted periodic efforts to measure and answer the question once and for all.

That didn't stop the Globe from accessing the park's original 1912 blueprints, which showed the wall at 308 feet. They enlisted a World War II reconnaissance pilot to examine aerial photos, and he pegged it at 304. The author George Sullivan crawled up the foul line with a yardstick and settled on 309-5.

None of those numbers ever became official, though, because 315 by that point had been well-established as part of the park's lore. Fenway opened in 1912, was extensively renovated in 1934, and added bullpens in 1940, giving us the dimensions we essentially recognize today. For more than 60 years, the 315 sign at the base of the foul pole beckoned right-handed sluggers, terrified pitchers, and lived in what felt like perfect accuracy.

But Shaughnessy had other ideas. He finally decided to take matters into his own hands in March of 1995. His friends on the grounds crew looked the other way as he hopped a fence in an empty Fenway and unfurled a 100-foot Stanley SteelMaster tape measure.

It only took a matter of minutes to prove his hunch correct: 315 wasn't 315 at all.

It was 310, or 309-3, to be precise. Shaughnessy wrote about his findings in late April, and within a month, the Red Sox had quietly changed the sign to 310, which it remains to this day.

"My whole life looking at that wall, it was 315," Shaughnessy said. "Shortly after the story appeared, they changed it to 310, which surprised me. It was very un-Red Sox like in those days, and these days.

"Now when I see 310, I take some pride in that."