For Orioles fans, it’s time to gloat. Baltimore fans sit atop baseball’s toughest division, while the $200 million Boston Red Sox sit at 0-4. Sure, a full week of baseball hasn’t even been played yet, but you’ve got to take advantage of this time to point at laugh at the team up north we can’t stand.
Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted yesterday that Red Sox pitchers have a 9.30 ERA, which is the highest for a Boston staff through the first four games of the season since ERA became an official statistic in 1913. Burn.
Their $142 million dollar man, Carl Crawford, was hitting in the seven spot in Terry Francona’s lineup on Sunday. It still didn’t matter, the Sox were swept by Texas after losing 5-1. $20 million a year for number seven hitter. Nice.
I’m not naive enough to think that the standings in October will be the same as they are today. But I am willing to take a shot at Boston and laugh as Red Sox nation panics just five days after Opening Day. Mostly because of the arrogance of their fans.
On Wednesday night the Cleveland Indians were the latest team to beat the Sox. Their 9,025 fans in attendance were ecstatic after the Indians beat the World Series favorite Red Sox…Well, I guess they were.
Dave Schoenfield of ESPN’s baseball blog SweetSpot wants Red Sox fans to shut up and quit whining. “Red Sox fans: Actually, I’m not covering my eyes. I’m covering my ears. I can hear the whining all the way down here in Connecticut,” he wrote. I say keep whining. I can’t stop grinning hearing all the complaints in that obnoxious accent. Thinking about the Bostonians that pack up Camden Yards in their Ellsbury jerseys feeling blue this season makes me as happy as a kid at Disney World (or just me at Disney World for that matter).
Here’s to hoping the whining continues through October. Yeah, I know it won’t, but I’ll enjoy it while I can.