Pastime Or Nightmare?

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Xander Bogaerts reacts after he is tagged out at home plate by Meibrys Viloria of the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on August 5, 2019. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — I’m due to make my annual trip to Fenway Park tomorrow night, a ritual I’ve been repeating for more than half a century.

And for the first time I can ever remember, I’m seriously wondering if I wouldn’t rather have my money back.

It’s not that the Red Sox are headed for a September without meaningful games. There have been plenty of summers when they never had a chance or folded early, and I still looked forward to worshiping at the shrine.

And on paper, after all the success of the past 15 years, we can hardly complain about not being a contender this year.

But it’s the way they’ve blown it this season that leaves a wicked bad taste. 

The statistics are awful: the 20 blown saves, the 7.29 runners left on base per game, worst in the majors. The mental errors: fielders letting catchable balls drop between them, pitchers bouncing balls in the dirt, runners getting picked off base, and so on.

From spring training until now, it’s as if too many of them have just failed to focus as intensely as they did last year. 

And that’s the worst crime you can commit as a Boston pro athlete.

If you give it your all and fall short, that’s acceptable. 

What we’ve seen from the Sox this year is not.

I will go tomorrow because I can’t let the summer go without it, and I doubt I could find any takers for my tickets. 

All I can say is, the beer and sausage had better be especially good, to make up for the nightmare on the field.

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