The Stanley Cup finals might end tonight. Same goes for Aaron Hernandez’ association with the Patriots brand. Doc Rivers looks like he’s finally headed to the Clippers . . . at least until he isn’t. These topics have dominated the headlines, but in short order there’s only going to be one show in town: the Red Sox. We understand if you’re not all in. The last couple of years have felt like sucking on a urine-soaked lemon. Many fans aren’t ready to swap their black and gold for navy and red. Others prefer the soap opera that Hernandez and Rivers supply. But summer means baseball, and plenty of fans could probably use a refresher about the happenings on Yawkey Way. So herewith, a Red Sox primer on the state of the team after yesterday’s 7-5 loss to the Tigers. 1. We’re in the midst of bump No. 2 The Red Sox blitzed to the best record in baseball and maintained their grip on first place into mid-May. Before going wire-to-wire, however, they endured a 2-9 stretch that technically dropped them to third place. Their current skein isn’t as bad as that one, but after blowing a 4-3 lead against the Tigers in an error-filled slog, they’re 4-7 in their last 11. You wouldn’t know it from the postgame clubhouse. While manager John Farrell was understandably incensed at the blown call that sparked Detroit’s winning rally in the eighth — not to mention his own ensuing ejection — the rest of the clubhouse was surprisingly, refreshingly upbeat. For a little peak into an underrated facet of Dustin Pedroia’s leadership style, consider the case of Mike Napoli. The first baseman made a mental mistake in the seventh on an admittedly strange play, blowing what would’ve been a gift double play by tagging the bag instead of the runner at first on a Torii Hunter liner that Pedroia dropped.
Summer camp for Red Sox
Boston Herald | Jun 24