The Boston Red Sox have not been playing that well recently. They went on a road trip where they proceeded to have four wins and six losses against the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays. They were supposed to make easy work out of those three teams. They did win two against the Astros, but it was a dogfight all the way. They then came home to face the New York Yankees Friday night and got demolished. Panic is setting in Red Sox Nation. Don’t worry. Everything will be okay.
Manager John Farrell has done a great job this season keeping everything in perspective and focusing on the players and not himself. He has run an organized, calm clubhouse. He has been loyal to his players, never calling them out in public and serving as a very calm but firm influence. Therefore, his players love playing for him and they respect him. A very far cry from last year’s debacle with Bobby Valentine. By the way, did you know supposedly he invented the sandwich wrap?
The clubhouse culture is also drastically different. It is very obvious that this is a group of guys who really enjoy baseball and work together as a team, particularly in times of adversity. Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster and David Ross are the type of players that can keep a clubhouse loose and that is an important factor that cannot be overlooked as this team heads into the final part of the regular season.
As a fan, it feels different. They seem like win or lose, they have the same attitude of playing hard and not quitting. We don’t know if this will be a repeat of 2011, but that team looked like they were choking. This one doesn’t. This is just a slump. The 6-1 win against the Yankees on Saturday was huge and hopefully that will help get them on a better path.
But if not, you know John Farrell will do whatever it takes to pull his team together to get to the postseason.