Did the Red Sox extend by booing Rafael Devers?
#Red #Sox #extend #booing #Rafael #Devers Welcome to Alaska Green Light Blog, here is the new story we have for you today:
Rafael Devers isn’t leaving Boston anytime soon. Image: Getty Images
At Monday’s Winter Classic, John Henry performed as the hockey team he owns (the Penguins) played the Boston Bruins at the ballpark he owns (Fenway Park, as well as owning the Red Sox). Henry is more reclusive than many owners, so it’s hard to tell if he’s as deluded about his public perception as some billionaires are. Maybe he just doesn’t care, as you would think any billionaire would do. Still, he’s the only owner to provide Red Sox fans with four World Series winners. There must be a part of him that thinks he bought him eternal veneration from the Boston faithful.
Of course, that would mean grossly underestimating or overestimating Boston’s faithful, I’m honestly not sure what, and I’m sure it depends on what you think of Boston overall (I’m keeping mine in reserve this time). Anyway, it’s not like Henry officially showed up, but he was there, he was in sight, and apparently it was didn’t go very well.
It’s understandable. Henry is the one who ordered a downsizing of the Red Sox’s payroll and roster, an utterly unfathomable demand for a team said to be one of MLB’s top three monsters. Or at least it would be unfathomable if baseball hadn’t become what baseball has become. Mookie Betts was traded, Xander Bogaerts was given free rein, and a few other lower-level players either made the switch or didn’t re-sign before making some serious money. Henry had decided to cash in his chips, rest on the brink of the 2004, 2007, 2013, and 2018 saves, and just let the MLB, Fenway, and NESN money roll in.
Red Sox fans didn’t take it well and are letting him know. Whether that helped the Sox actually stockpile the cash to keep Rafael Devers for the next 11 years, we’ll never know. But it appears to be a departure from the way FSG has run the ball club in recent years. Funnily enough, it’s more than Betts will ever get paid, but rather than looking down on the past with disgust, Fenway supporters probably just want to dip into a real homeland star who’s staying close.
Under normal circumstances, Devers is not a player that a team should ever let go. He’s a top-flight hitter who’s only 26 and doesn’t expect to need to move positionally for long. You could squint and see how keeping Bogaerts long term could have been a problem when he can’t play short anymore, but that used to be put in the find out later folder.
Boston has a few prospects who could take on roles next season, but had Devers been allowed out after 2023, the Sox would still have pissed a rope. There aren’t too many other players doing serious banking either, and they had to put the money somewhere.
Still, it feels like the bare minimum for a team that finished last and still very much staring at the Yankees, Jays, Rays and even the Orioles given the depth of their pipeline. They still lost Bogaerts and JD Martinez and arguably just replaced them. It’s hardly a step forward. Henry can take the headline relief for a few days, but the reality is still that he’s fielding a 78-win team that doesn’t look like it’s improved that much.
Maybe he just doesn’t want to be booed for walking the dog.
A final word on US soccer
There is no better way to sum it up:
There are many twists and turns that come with this and US Soccer didn’t provide any answers when they met the press yesterday afternoon, hiding behind the ‘investigations ongoing’ obstacle. But that’s not really a big deal because it all seems to have landed on them.
The real shame is that Rosalind Berhalter wasn’t allowed to tell her own story, and she should have been the only one who did. Whatever the Reynas may claim, they believed her, all in the service of simply bitching about how their son was treated in a tournament where team and winning are all that matters. They can claim they only vented to close friends, but it’s odd that the close friends they chose, Ernie Stewart and Brian McBride, happen to be employees of US Soccer. All of this was a stretch on her part, and her son was forgiven by both the coach and teammates. That was revenge, nothing more. It also does nothing good for their son, only providing temporary and unnecessary comfort to parents who shouldn’t need it. But that’s often the history of youth sport in this country, isn’t it? Why shouldn’t it spread to the top level?
Speaking of football…
It’s not a big story yet, but one wonders if something like this won’t keep happening to the NWSL:
This isn’t the first time the league has lost a bright young talent to Europe and with their salary caps and squad rules and the rapid growth of women’s football in Europe it’s starting to feel like a trend. Can the NWSL not establish itself as the best league in the world? Will it change ways to stay on top? It can? Worth seeing in the years to come.