This dear Red Sox season came to a close against the Houston Astros in game six of the American League Championship Series last week. After a hard-fought season some might see this loss as a disappointment. It is always sad when your team comes ever so close to making the championship and falls just short. However, this season was an unexpected gift for many Red Sox fans. The team was thought to be in a rebuilding year and totally exceeded every expectation people had coming into the season. The fans have reason to be happy and excited for the future, and it showed in the playoffs.
The Passion is Back
The Fenway Faithful showed up in full force for the entire playoff run. Showing once again why Red Sox Nation has some of the best fans in baseball. There were many that said the fans might keep their distance after the team’s abysmal performance in the 2020 season. The pandemic was no help either. Fans were allowed back in 2021, but many stayed away at first. Covid no doubt had something to do with that. I myself expected low turnout for fans this season. At first, low turnout is what we saw.
Best Fans in Baseball
As the season progressed and the Sox pushed towards October the fans began to flock back to America’s most beloved ballpark. I wouldn’t blame fans for being upset at the product on the field last season. Many fans were also upset at the trading of Mookie Betts instead of paying him to stay. But you just cannot keep Red Sox fans away. Once the wild card game came Fenway was just as loud, rowdy, and hostile as it always was. The atmosphere at the park was that of an early 2000’s game. Back when the Sox were the ‘Lovable Losers.’ Now, times have changed and winning is expected, but the fans are still the same. Just as passionate as ever.
Red Sox Nation Lives On
I write this article as just a fan today. Seeing Fenway packed, loud, and rowdy like that made me happy. Happy that the fans have not lost any passion for this team. And when fans show up like they did in the playoffs like this the team takes notice. They notice and want to push forward and make the team better t keep that passion up. I am happy at what I saw in the playoffs, and I’m excited for the future of this team. Mostly, I am happy to have been a part of such a passionate Red Sox Nation.