What’s that? The New York Yankees have the best record in Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox are 10-17 with countless personnel decisions plaguing the first month of their season? What a damn shame. Feel bad for those folks in Boston who never get lucky breaks or championships.
Sike!! Shower us New York Yankees fans with all the tears. There’s nothing better than a Sox fan in distress, especially freshly after making an ALCS run their incomplete roster had no business making. Now broken-brain disease has worsened in the state of Massachusetts, where the fans truly believe this not-very-good team is a legitimate contender.
Everyone loves to complain about Yankees fans yelling about their team when they fall short of expectations, but how about the entire city of Boston crumbling because Matt Barnes can’t throw a pitch without it landing on Lansdowne Street.
It’s really all we’ve been hoping for after 2018, 2020 and 2021 fully went the Red Sox’s way. World Series, tank during a worthless 60-game season to land Marcelo Mayer, and an ALCS run kickstarted by beating the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game.
So Yankees fans should enjoy this while they can. Sox fans are talking about Barnes like Bombers fans were talking about Chasen Shreve a few years ago, and now even Garrett Whitlock’s role has been a point of contention.
Feast your eyes on the misery!
Yankees fans should enjoy Red Sox fans totally in misery
TWENTY earned runs in 26 innings?! And Gerrit Cole was somehow the poster boy for “sticky stuff” because he sent a corny text to some nerd supplying the product?
Then there’s Trevor Story, who might be an even worse investment. The Sox signed him to a $140 million contract this offseason to presumably take over for Xander Bogaerts in 2023 when he leaves, but the results have been terrible.
He struck out on a bad check swing call to end Friday night’s game and is hitting .212 with a .586 OPS through his first 22 games. He has zero home runs and has struck out 30 times. Story dodged the media on Thursday after a terrible performance and that hasn’t sit well with Bostonians, either.
As for Whitlock, Sox fans can’t even enjoy him performing well, regardless of the role. Their rotation is thin, so manager Alex Cora moved the righty into a starting role. Whitlock’s now started three straight games, hasn’t given up a single run, and has stuck out 18 batters in 12 innings … yet some fans and writers want him back in the bullpen!
Those outings came against the Rays, Blue Jays and Angels. Boston’s lost all three because the bullpen is bad or the offense can’t get in a rhythm. Three weeks ago Sox fans were laughing at the Yankees after Whitlock signed a contract extension, and now they’re so conflicted on how he should be used that they can’t even appreciate his 1.25 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 21.2 innings.
The Red Sox can absolutely turn things around and make us eat our words, but as long as we’re able to, we’ll be providing weekly hater updates to make Yankees fans either feel that much better about New York’s success, or cope with the inevitable streaky play that might rear its head in the Bronx.
Cora’s got a lot of magic to pull out of his hat if the Red Sox are to dig out of their multiple predicaments. Not so fun working out of an early hole, is it Boston?