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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It was the perfect weekend to hang out with loved ones in the air-conditioning watching the Red Sox, especially with the promise that they would mop up with the hapless Orioles.
But that’s not how things worked out. Baltimore took two out of three, the Sox looked especially bad in their two losses and fell 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.
They ruined our weekend, and are well on their way to ruining our summer. So, what has gone wrong with the team that was the greatest show on turf last year?
Start with the complacency of spring training, when they rested key players who turned out not to be ready to perform once the season started. With each passing week the manager says the same thing, we’ll be fine, and unfortunately it seems his underperforming team believes him.
Then consider the arrogance of letting your closer leave and not replacing him, letting your main competitors pick up talent while you stand pat, believing your past accomplishments are any guarantee of future success.
In any ultra-competitive business where the competition has plenty of talent, complacency and arrogance are deadly sins. We Red Sox fans don’t expect to win it all every year, but we do expect hunger and effort.
And we don’t like to have our devotion assumed, and our summer ruined.
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