Boston is a tough city to play in, especially when expectations are always to win a championship. The city has been blessed by the success of it's historic sports franchises. The Patriots have enjoyed success, obviously the most recent their fifth Super Bowl ring in the past 15 years. The Bruins have six Stanley Cups, most recently in 2011. The Celtics have 17. The Red Sox have eight, most recently their 2013 World Series victory. Without diving into further specifics, it is safe to say the city of Boston has enjoyed success from all four of their major sports teams.
The Red Sox are a franchise that went a long time without a championship, they were cursed for goodness sake. The Red Sox have since then won three of the last twelve World Series to be played. The Red Sox are very much expected to compete this year for another title. They are the odds on favorite to win the American League pennant. They have also recently acquired superstar pitcher Chris Sale. The attitude across Sox nation is that the duck boats will be fired up yet again in October.
Boston is a tough environment to thrive in. It takes a certain type of player, or coach to make it in the Bean. Only the toughest mentally can handle the ups and downs of playing in the City of Champions. Players like Dustin Pedroia can take the ridicule and make the most out of the sometimes harsh environment that is Boston sports. This year is no different, as I expect to see the Red Sox fan base chew up and spit out anyone on the roster that performs sub-par. Fans are ready to cheer, and boo this year.
The fan base will fully expect the Red Sox to bring home another championship. Fans and, yes I am including myself here, have a sort of "Ricky Bobby" attitude. If you're not first, you're last. Sometimes things don't pan out to what we would hope for. I wonder how the attitude towards Dombrowski or Farrell will shift if the Sox bring home their ninth trophy. I wonder how we all will react if they don't. I think that most fans will agree that this ball club is without a shadow of a doubt a serious contender. We have Mookie, Benintendi, Xander, JBJ, Pedey, Hanley, Kimbrel and so many more. We will not have these guys forever. I hate to be the barer of bad news, but we will lose some members of our young core. Why not go for another bust this season? What do the Sox have to lose, we're playing with a stacked hand this season, and to me, and the rest of Red Sox nation, it is World Series or bust.