By Steve Pouliot - 22 June 2012: FVP has stayed away from the Boston Red Sox this season, for the most part. We've known for some time what David Ortiz is talking about, and we'll share a little bit on our end; it's no fun for us, either, Papi. It's pretty much the pre-2004 bleep-hole David talks about. Here's a little secret, Dave; it's about winning.
In case you missed it, the Red Sox DH let it rip today, stating "It's becoming the bleep hole it used to be. Look around, bro. Look around. Playing here used to be so much fun. Now, every day is something new, not related to baseball. People need to leave us alone, let us play ball and do what we know how to do."
Ya, we know David.
The problem is, the Boston Red Sox have managed to underachieve for some time now, dating back to the collapse of last year. .515 baseball doesn't cut it in Boston. The players have used up all the '04 and '07 goodwill in basically four months of baseball. Ownership fired the wrong people, and meanwhile, the team is still in fourth on the 21st of June. Somewhere, Sweet Caroline is cued up and ready to go, but the team still barely over .500.
So, Ortiz is right, it's a bleep-hole, circa 2002. Fans like FVP are cranky, and the media in Boston is still looking to assign blame. There's one thing that will fix it, and that's winning.
Tonight, Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, and Ryan Kalish keyed a nice comeback for the Sox, even if Adrian Gonzalez managed to strikeout to end the inning. Gonzo's fraudulent time in Boston continues, but the Sox hang on to sweep Miami, and move to 36-33. Keep the young guys playing, and maybe, just maybe, the vets like Ortiz will get rejuvenated, instead of feeling beat down.