Last year was a great year to be a Red Sox fan. This year, not so much.
After going all the way to a world championship in 2013, the 2014 Sox have stumbled and wheezed their way to a 39-49 record. They’re in last place in the AL East, behind even the similarly disappointing Rays; in fact, they have a worse record than the hapless Twins. Only the (surprisingly) terrible Rangers and the (unsurprisingly) terrible Astros are keeping them out of the AL basement.
Given how unwatchable my favorite team has been, I’ve basically treated the whole first half as a three-month nap. It’s given me a fresh appreciation for fans of terrible teams – I haven’t the slightest idea how they stick it out.
Anyway, it’s taken a blockbuster trade to rouse me from my slumber. It helps that this deal has nothing at all to do with the Red Sox, other than a familiar name heading one of the teams.
Let’s take a look.