When the 2019 MLB schedule was officially released, the Red Sox knew they had a daunting task in front of them. The defending champs would be set to start their season on a brutal, 11 game west coast trip. They would not get their World Series rings until two weeks into the season and would have to shake off their World Series hangover faster than others. Well… it is now April 7th and the Red Sox are as hung over as your uncle Rick on a Saturday morning. The Sox started their season in Seattle, where they lost 3 out of 4 games and gave up a total of 34 runs in the process. It was then off to Oakland, where the Sox would face the Oakland Athletics in a four game set. Yet again, they lost 3 out of the 4 games played and were outscored 17 to 7. Fast forward to present day, and the Red Sox are on the verge of being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have scored 20 runs in 18 innings against the defending champs. If you do the math, this equals out to a 2-8 record for the Sox, which is good enough for dead last in the division (It’s early I get it, I’m just saying.) They also have a -27 run differential which is the worst in the majors. The Red Sox aren’t just losing games. They are getting flat-out dominated. The pitching has been awful, the offense has been non productive and the defending champs simply, look lost.
This brings up a good question. How awkward is this ring ceremony going to be on Tuesday? For many teams, along with their fan bases, the home opener is considered a national holiday. Adults take off from work, kids play hookie from school, and the home opener is said to be a day of celebration. Take this usual excitement, and multiply it by 100, as the Red Sox are set to receive their World Series rings prior to first pitch. But wait. If the Sox lose today, they will be 2-9 and for all intents and purposes, will be a shit show on wheels. And if you are a die-hard Sox fan, which I know there are millions of you out there, this road trip has been nothing but pure hell. So what is the next move? Are these fans going to be up and arms about welcoming their boys back to Fenway with a smile? Will the Fenway faithful boo the Sox? Do they even have the right to boo? Is it morally acceptable to boo? I tried to put myself in this situation, and I honestly do not know what I would do. On one hand, the team that you call your own, brought you a World Series title just a few months ago and they deserve to be celebrated. But on the other, teams should be held accountable and should never be given a free pass for playing like crap.
I have come to the conclusion that the Red Sox should ultimately, be celebrated during their ring ceremony on Tuesday. At the end of the day, they did win one of the hardest trophies to earn in sports and deserve to be applauded for it. With that being said, I would not give them a standing ovation. If I were part of the Fenway faithful, I would simply stay seated and lightly clap as the players received their rings. This would show the perfect balance between respect and disgust. Whatever ends up happening however, one thing that you can count on is that this ceremony is going to be extremely awkward. I’m talking like, middle school dance type awkwardness. Good luck Boston.