Alex Cora is fond of mentioning the prospect of a "happy flight'' -- that is, a trip in which the team is in buoyant mood following a win on getaway days, when the Sox have to travel immediately after the final game of a series.
And the Sox have found a way to make most of their flights joyous indeed: heading into Wednesday, they had won 12 of their last 13 getaway games and 15 of their last 19.
But the team's long trip to London, in all likelihood, was a somber one, in the aftermath of a crushing 8-7 defeat to the Chicago White Sox. The flight from Logan to Heathrow was expected to take approximately six hours, but the way the Sox let one get away Wednesday afternoon probably made that trip feel more like six days.
A 3,000-mile jaunt across the Atlantic was plenty of time to rehash the way this one slipped through their fingers, just like another one had on Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Two blown leads in the ninth in the span of five days is a lot to digest.