The Red Sox Need To Do More Than Turn the Page


The Red Sox lost their home opener to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday by a 7-5 score, dropping their overall record to start the 2019 season to a dreadful 3-9.  The loss also dropped them into sole possession of last place in the AL East, a full six games behind the surprising Tampa Bay Rays.  The defending World Series Champions exhibited more of the lackluster play they displayed on their 11 game West Coast Road trip to start the season.  

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Is it too early to panic?  Probably.  Is it too early to have real concerns?  Absolutely not.

Could the problem be a World Series hangover?  Perhaps.  The team had a historic season in 2018 and it was unfair to expect them to repeat that same performance.  In order to win 108 games in a season you not only have to be good, but you also need to have quite a bit of luck along the way.  When you are going good, a ball hit down the line lands just fair for extra bases.  When you are going bad, the ball lands just foul, and the at bat continues and ends with an out.  That’s just baseball.

This Red Sox team is not just losing, they are being embarrassed.  They are adding to their own misery with careless base running and sloppy defense.  Routine fly balls dropping between Gold Glove winning outfielders and opponent baserunners stealing home are not the mark of championship winning teams.  For whatever reason, they are not playing with the same sense of urgency they displayed in 2018.

At the beginning of Spring Training, Manager Alex Cora told "You turn the page, but do we really want to turn the page?  It's a book and we wrote a chapter last year and let's write a new chapter this year, but we can always go back and see what happened and learn from that."

It was apparent in Spring Training that this team had not turned the page, and they had not built upon what they accomplished the year before.  This malaise carried over when the regular season started in Seattle nearly two weeks ago, and the Red Sox have shown no signs they have found themselves since.

It was hoped that a return home, after nearly two months in Florida and on the West Coast, would inspire the Red Sox to find the magic again.  Unfortunately, Tuesday’s Home Opener brought us more of the same.

Now, with the Home Opener behind them, and with the rings given to the players and the championship banner flying over Fenway, it is imperative for the Red Sox and their fans to forget about 2018.  There is no need to reference what happened last year, or to gauge this year’s accomplishments (or lack thereof) against last year. 

We don’t need to know that the Red Sox got off to a 17-2 start last year, or that they didn’t lose their ninth game last year until May 3rd.  What happened last year is now irrelevant.  We all need to focus now on 2019 and getting things back on track before the team digs themselves such a deep hole in the standings that they cannot get out.

Turn the page?  Not good enough.  It’s time to burn the effing book.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: The Red Sox Need To Do More Than Turn the Page
The Red Sox Need To Do More Than Turn the Page
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