Found August 08, 2012 on NESN.com:
What did the Red Sox do to anger the gods? Baseball gods, Greek gods, whichever ones you pick, the Red Sox appeared to be cursed by 'em on Wednesday. Time and time again, the team battled back to tie things up, but then couldn't get over the hump. Like the ancient Greek myth of Tantalus, the Sox were left wanting in the end. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette isn't giving up on these guys yet, though -- not when they have Will Middlebrooks in the mix day-in and day-out. That's why he's our "Tantalus" player of the game after another tantalizing...
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