Where is the love; the excitement?
The Boston Red Sox are in first place, and they are doing it in the AL EAST, one of the toughest divisions in the league! Having said this, I feel like I am the only one in this city excited about it.
This team is quietly sitting on 54 wins and the last time I checked that was a pretty big deal going into the All Star break. This got me thinking, “Where is the excitement? Why is Fenway Park ranking tenth in the league in attendance?” The more I thought, the more I began to realize that it is a question of characters. I do not mean that the Sox or their fans do not possess character as a trait; I am saying that the team as a whole does not have enough characters on it. In 2004 the entire city of Boston hung on every play and every move of the “Idiots” as they played their way to a World Series Championship. People loved those guys. People loved them because they had fun. They were loud, outgoing, and even a little obnoxious. They were all of those things, but most importantly they won baseball games. This 2013 team has one of those things down and that is winning, the other aspects are lacking. It was amazing when Big Papi came out with the quote “This is our (expletive) city!” but where was the rest of the team?
I think that as this team moves toward its ultimate goal of winning a championship, they will need to get this city behind them. We all know what happened to last year’s team. They had a lot of fun, but they lost sight of the whole winning games part. I do not want the people of Boston to be afraid to like this year’s team and I definitely do not want the players to be afraid to have a good time. The bottom line is, we should be more than excited to have a first place team, and we should enjoy it as well.