BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Today is the day we’ve been waiting for, the real first day of spring. Baseball is back, and the Red Sox are tied for first with every other team.
The Sox had a great spring training down in Florida, the hitters hit and the pitchers pitched well. But they face an unusual challenge this season in a city that under ordinary circumstances loves them no matter what.
Even though they won the division for the second straight year, Red Sox TV ratings were off by 15% in 2017, mostly because they managed to offend the game’s most rabid fan base.
Key players like Dustin Pedroia and David Price acted like jerks, and never properly apologized for it. The team lead the majors in outs on the basepaths, running into outs a stunning 81 times, 29 of them at home plate.
To paraphrase Dean Wormer from “Animal House,” obnoxious and dumb is no way to win friends and fans.
But it’s opening day. Let’s think positive. What can the Sox do this season to be more likeable?
For starters, how about tipping your cap to the fans when they cheer you after a good performance? I don’t know when it became unfashionable for players to acknowledge cheering this way, but it’s annoying.
Another request, for the outfielders: drop the little dance you do in the outfield after a win. It was cute at first, but it got old, and I have a feeling it just makes other teams play harder against you when they see it.
Winning will go a long way toward making the fans like this year’s team. So fellas, go to it.
We want to love you, and it won’t take all that much to make it happen.
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