Right now, June 14, the Sox are tied for the best record in AL after finishing dead last in the AL East in 2012. In most circles going from last to first would be thought of as a good thing.
But not here on OTFB. Nosiree. Here we find a constant barrage of complaints about the players, the manager, the GM, and just about everybody associated with the team. About the only guy who hasn't been hammered is Pedroia. Every loss requires, it seems, at least one scapegoat. Last night the Sox played another tough extra inning game, and there have been two separate threads, one on Doubront and the other on Drew, about how their malfeasance snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. There are never postmortem threads on how and why the Sox won a tough game. As one very clever contributor put it, the Sox have yet to learn how to play 1.000 ball. Shame on them.
I say all this because I've been a fan since 1949 and firmly believe we are still enjoying an unparalleled renaissance for this team, one which started before Henry became the owner but which was surely enhanced by him and his management team. And that is why the Sox had the record number of sold out games (even though I agree there was some fudging going on)--the fans who go to the games enjoy the product even though the ball park itself has some really bad sight lines.
I would be less than honest if I did not also point out that part of the problem, maybe most of it, is the nature of blogging. It's a lot more fun complaining then not, in arguing about mistakes than praising good plays, etc. We all need to vent. So a special thanks must go out to Drew, Middlebrooks, Ellsbury, Victorino, Gomes, Napoli, Salty, Ross, Buchholz, Lester, Lackey, Doubront, Farrell, Cherington, Nieves, Ortiz, Doubront, Dempster, Bailey, and others who have allowed us the opportunity to gripe. Well done, team.