It’s tough to be king. It’s even tougher in the Game of Thrones-like city of Boston.
For the first time since September 2012, the World Champion Boston Red Sox were shut out at home this weekend. Despite a valiant effort from Jon Lester Sunday in a 4-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Boston fell below .500 (2-4) for the first time since Bobby V. was crashing the Sox ship into an iceberg.
With the season being so young, sports writers are ready to cash in their press passes and write off the season, and fans are more than ready to burn manager John Farrell in effigy.
Everyone needs to chill out, and here’s why. The team lost three straight games five different times in last year’s World Series win, but never lost four straight at any point. The last time the Sox dropped 4 in a row was in 1984, and any Sox fan worth his/her salt already knows that the ’84-’85 seasons never happened (damn you, Bill Buckner). So, what is it with fans and writers so eager to call for blood and throw their hands in the air?
Let’s look at this objectively, shall we? Between the second and seventh innings yesterday, Lester retired 17 straight batters, 5 of which were strike outs. Sure the Sox offense couldn’t get anything going against Yovani Gallardo, but when was the last time Lester got any run support in any of his beast-mode outings? And ok, Clay Buchholz soiled the bed in his sad display of pitching Saturday night, but is that a surprise either? Buchy has never been one to allow Sox fans to unclench their b-holes when he is on the mound. Saturday night’s challenging outing from him was no different.
Look, the season is still too young, and for everyone to expect the Sox to come out guns blazing, win every game by blowout, and not drop a series here or there, is just plain ridiculous. Wait until October before you want to serve up Farrell to King Joffrey.
In the meantime, relax, enjoy the fact that it is baseball season, and continue to refer to the Sox as “The Defending World Series Champions”.
Contributing Writer: Dixie Darling