During the September 14th episode of “The B.S. Report” with Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy admits that he hasn’t watched the Red Sox play since August…
I have not watched the Red Sox since the now-famous Tampa Bay Saturday night loss (Ed. note, this was August 28th, the night Dan Johnson won the game in the 10th with a home run) when Clay Buchholz tried to pick-off Carlos Pena, who was a foot from the bag, and is one of the slower guys in the league. And JD Drew caught a foul ball that allowed them to score. And then Francona did not bring Bard out for the 8th. And somewhere along that sequence of events, I realized I was watching the last meaningful game of the Red Sox season.
So the Sports Guy bailed on his team in August, more than a month before the end of the season. Whatever. If he wants to jump off the Red Sox bandwagon, that’s cool. But what gets us, is that later on in the podcast, Simmons rips the Tampa Bay area for not supporting the Rays…
It’s ugly. It’s really ugly. They had some big Red Sox games, and then like, I think, the next night they had like 12,000. It’s really bad. With all due respect, they probably shouldn’t have a baseball team…Do you think there should be a rule that if you finish the season 30-games over .500 but you can’t draw like 1.4 million people or something, you lose your team?
Let’s ignore for the moment that the Rays are going to draw more than 1.8 million fans this season. And let’s ignore that the Reds and Padres are also potential playoff teams with attendance comparable to the Rays.
Instead, let’s just point this out for what it really is. A typical Red Sox fan that has no idea that back in 1986, the Red Sox had 13 games in which they failed to draw 18,000 fans (50% capacity) and only drew 300K more fans (2.1 million) than the Rays will draw this season. A typical Red Sox fan that talks like they are god’s gift to fandom, but will bail as soon it looks like they won’t win.
In other words, a loudmouthed hypocrite.