You know what? All those weeks spent watching the Red Sox breeze through their dugout after home runs in a laundry cart while the Yankees sleepwalked through the first half might’ve been worth it for Wednesday night’s action.
One thing you don’t think about when you make the “laundry cart celebration” your “thing” is that you have to do it all season long.
At a certain point, every team slumps. Boston’s slump, though, has been more extended than most, featuring series losses to Toronto, Tampa, and the Yankees that have plummeted them down the standings hole.
But guess what? Doesn’t matter. Gotta do the laundry cart. Gotta do the laundry cart no matter what, like you promised.
And so, when Hunter Renfroe’s home run cut the Boston deficit from 5-1 to 5-2 with one out in the ninth inning on Wednesday, two outs away from a devastating sweep, he had to hoist himself into a laundry cart and get rolled down the dugout.
Look at the ashen faces of the dead-in-the-eyes Sox here. Look at Alex Verdugo. Nobody wants to slap hands with the fool in the cart, but they all have to. This is a chore for them. This is factory work. This is awesome.
The Red Sox sad laundry cart vs the Yankees was so damn funny.
See, the Yankees have learned this exact lesson 10 million times over the past several seasons. Your gimmicks only work as long as your team is pummeling the competition. If your play starts to slip, they become ironic. The thumbs down? Yeah, losing to Houston after the thumbs down emerged was no fun.
“Savages in the Box”? Yeah, until they weren’t, and the Astros got the last laugh again.
In fact, Boston actually got a double dose of embarrassment on Wednesday, which we call “going the Full Yankees”. Remember when Xander Bogaerts messed with the Yankees’ “flexing elbow” celebration in the literal first inning, only to watch that lead and the game disappear?
Keep that same energy, folks. If you laughed at the Yankees getting punked by Houston after breaking out their chilly jackets, laugh at this.
At least the Yanks won a couple games first in that series.
There’s a chance the Red Sox rebound soon — a good one, actually, considering their schedule is as soft as a microwaved piece of paper. For now, though, this sad little laundry cart celebration serves as the ultimate sign that the tides have turned, and things won’t be quite so easy now.
Boston’s experienced the dangerous flip side to rubbing every little win in your opponents’ faces from mid-May to mid-July: the baseball season’s long. You want to act like every June victory powered by a cart ride decides the World Series? Fine. Do your little cart ride in the ninth inning in the Bronx while staring a sweep in its yellowed eyes.
God, this was almost more fun than the victory. Almost. Thank goodness for Aroldis Chapman’s ineptitude.