By Ted Gay – @TedG63
I have found when taking the temperature of Red Sox nation it is better to visit Facebook Groups than sports radio which has denigrated into hosts talking amongst themselves and repeating their own half-baked theories while laughing hysterically at one another’s jokes. The common fan’s point of view is neither needed nor wanted.
Tuesday night I dipped a toe into many Facebook sites and found the average Sox fans temperature to be 10 degrees above panicking.
The worst cases are the early posters, the ones who watch Drew Pomeranz allow a couple of first-inning baserunners and immediately conclude a Yankee onslaught is upon us. Early posters are often proven wrong but leave their opinion on the site as if their every thought is too precious to be altered.
Then there are the panic posters. When Rafael Devers makes an error they threaten him with a demotion. When Joe Kelly allows a baserunner, they demanded he be removed from the game. When Christian Vasquez makes an out, he has to be benched. In his last start Rick Porcello gave up a single run, and a poster went on a cuss-filled rant about him have the audacity to allow a run to score.
After the game, when an obnoxious Yankee fan slipped onto a site to troll Red Sox Nation, a member threatened the administrator that he would leave the site if this ever happened again. Oh no! What will we do without your invaluable insights? Being part of a Facebook Group is a privilege, not a right and admins have lives and cannot moderate every post. Hate the hater, not the site.
For all the insanity there are pearls of wisdom and reason contained in the raging river of posts. I have been a JBJ defender because of his defense until a group member posted that a team could afford a defensive wizard who lives below the Mendoza Line at shortstop but not in the outfield. Now I am in the Mitch Moreland at first and Hanley Ramirez at DH camp. Moreland will get to those errant Devers throws. Bradley is now a fourth outfielder, at best.
I have also been a long time David Price defender, but the weight of opposing opinion has weakened my resolve. Price’s performance has not helped. I find it ridiculous that people think Price is feigning injury to avoid the Yankees. I think the opposite is true. He is underplaying his elbow injury to avoid surgery. Price is currently a number four pitcher who shows flashes of brilliance. It would be best for him to be honest about his medical condition, have surgery, if needed, and hopefully give the Sox three quality years at the back end of his contract. If recent reports that he has carpal tunnel syndrome are true, and while the thought of world-class athlete suffering from a malady that affects secretaries is humorous anyone who has suffered from it know it debilitates your ability to effectively use your fingers which is a long time hinderance for someone who holds a ball in his hand for a living. As for the posters who think booing him will hurt his feeling and make him walk away from millions of dollars, sometimes it is better not to post and let people think you are a fool than post and remove all doubt.
Sox fans in Facebook groups fall into three categories those who don’t want to hear a bad word about their team, those who can’t wait to post at the first sign of failure, and those that know the season is a roller coaster and don’t overreact to every moment. The critics dominate the site and are so overbearing they can drive reasonable people from the group.
Personally, I am a combination of all three; I recognize that I am on the best rollercoaster in the world, but when it is plunging downward quickly I am the first to panic. Thankfully I can’t panic and type, so group members are spared.
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