As baseball season slowly approaches, I’m choosing to do something for the first time in my life. I am not planning to go to Fenway park this year to watch the Red Sox play.
I’ve been around long enough to see players come and go. Some I was happy to see exit, some leaving made me sad. So this isn’t completely about Mookie Betts. It’s more about messaging.
After an abject failure of a season a year ago, the team did nothing to address its weaknesses, but it subtracted key contributors by losing with Mookie Betts, David Price, Brock Holt etc.
What kind of a message does that send to the rest of the team and the Fanbase?
Let me go on record and say I one hundred percent believe that Major League Baseball needs a salary cap, and until it gets one, is a broken sport.
And I say that as a fan of one of the “have’s”. I’ve never had to live in a world where my team had one of the lowest payrolls in baseball. Exactly the opposite. So when I hear ownership talk about financial responsibility, it makes me laugh. That has always been for other teams to worry about, and if you don’t like spending money on players, you should not have bought the Red Sox.
Raising ticket prices for the fifth year in a row at the same time you get rid of what is widely believed to be a generational player because you don’t want to give him too much money, does not pass the straight face test.
My expectations are very low this year, and maybe that’s a good thing. I think the Red Sox will finish third in the American League East, with a legitimate shot of coming in fourth.
I will cheer for them. I will watch them. Why? Because this is not the players fault. But I will not spend any money to bring my family to Fenway Park this year.
And I’m well aware that my minor protest will do nothing to their bottom line. Fans will still turn out in droves and spend ridiculous amounts of money. I just won’t be one of them. I’ll see you at Hadlock Field instead.