|This look on David Ortiz is symbolic of the tragic situation in Boston right now. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
This isn't one of those negative pieces where I'll point out how "toxic" the Sox have become, because I don't think that's the case at all. What has become toxic though, is playing in the city of Boston.
How many free agents do you think would come lining up to play for the Red Sox right now, if they held an open house, looking to sign them all for $25 mil a year? I don't think it would be many. You couldn't pay me to switch places with one of these guys right now.
The media has gone from the point of covering a bad team--which will be negative--to the point of just looking for the next shockwave across Boston to draw in the pageviews or sell papers. It's become an ugly scenario and David Ortiz finally took it into his hands on Thursday when he called out the media, not the fans or his teammates, to be clear.
Big Papi, the same guy that won a pair of World Series in Boston, went as far as saying "He's not sure" that he still wants to play in Beantown after this season.
And let's be clear, this piece is not just focusing on '12, but rather the near future of the Red Sox, which is looking increasingly grim. The Olde Towne Team has taken on the perception of an organization that's all about public relations and profit with ignorant media to boot.
Just from my blogging adventures and my interactions with fans of major league baseball, I have come to realize just how much September of '11 has hurt this team. Never have I witnessed the sort of negativity surrounding this team and it has spiraled to an unacceptable realm.
A lot of this has to do with the Sox disappointing season to follow up the collapse of last, but even after winning 6 of 7, we see the media focusing more on the internal struggles than the teams success. It's a no-win situation for everyone involved and the Red Sox as a whole, not just the physical Red Sox, but the name of the Boston Red Sox.
It's sad that less than five years removed from the teams second World Series of a decade, things have become this bad. I understand they have struggled and their play on the field at times has deserved scrutiny, but that's where it needs to stop. The play on the field is where we need to focus our attention.
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