The 5 types of panicking Sox fans

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The 5 types of panicking Sox fans

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

It's that time of year again! Hockey playoffs? Nope! NFL draft? Nope! Red Sox "fans" constantly overreacting to every pitch, at bat, game and inning to the point where you just want to beat them about the face and neck with a tire iron?! DING DING DING! We have a winner!

The Red Sox got thoroughly dominated in a three-game, season-opening set against the defending American League championship Texas Rangers and many "fans" are already talking about how the Red Sox wasted their money and spouting reasons the team should fire Francona. After three games. Apparently there is no chance for redemption in the remaining 246 games of the regular season.

The Five Stages of Panicking Red Sox Fans

1) Angry calls to radios shows. Fans are calling in by the barrelful talking about how everyone should be traded. Carl Crawford is an overpaid bum. Jon Lester couldn't strike out a team full of third-graders. Terry Francona couldn't manage a Dairy Queen. The Pink Hats will be the best. Crawford needs to pitch better. Lester needs to stop making so many errors in the field. Francona is the worst catcher in the history of baseball!

Basically these whiny, sorry excuses for fans want everyone who will listen to know the season is over and this is why the Red Sox never, ever, ever, ever win anything ever. How sad. Shudda you face.

2) Denouncing their fandom. Quite frankly these "fans" are sick of rooting for a team that quite cleary isn't going to win the World Series after three games. Every other team ever in the history of sports has never lost a game but the Red Sox just can't win.

Dumpsters are filled with Red Sox shirts and posters. Hats and jerseys are on fire in the streets. Screw this team. We should go find that Wally guy and beat him in a field! STUPID LOSER RED SOX!!!

3) Bridge jumping. There is no point to watching any more games this season. Fans waited all winter for the season to begin and now there is nothing left to watch. Or to live for. Time to head on over to the Tobin with the rest of the fans and do your best Montreal Canadien impression and dive. SEASON OVER MAN! SEASON OVER!

4) Needlessy starting "Yankees Suck!" chants at the most inappropriate times. Red Sox fans seem to hate the Yankees more than they like the Red Sox. They are so wrapped up in hating the Yankees that it is amazing they've even noticed the Sox got swept by the Rangers.

When things are not going well for the Red Sox, Sox fans simply focus on hating on the Yankees despite the Yankees having won a crap ton more titles and having a better overall record against the Red Sox throughout history. So Sox fans chants. At concerts. At Patriots games. At Bruins games. Even if there is no mention of any New York team. No one said Sox fans are the smartest.

5) Jumping back on the bandwagon. Inevitably the Red Sox will win 7 games in a row or something and the same fans that were calling for a Crawford trade or a Terry Francona hanging will pretend like they always believed in the team all long.

Rask given maintenance day as Bruins return to practice

Rask given maintenance day as Bruins return to practice

BRIGHTON -- The Bruns got back to work on Friday, but were without their No. 1 goaltender for practice at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of their biggest game of the season Saturday night against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center 

Tuukka Rask was given a maintenance day after playing three games in four days, and Matt Beleskey was also missing “on family leave." The off-day for Rask could have very well about getting away from the rink mentally as it was physically; he has a 3-6-0 record during the month of March. 

Interim coach Bruce Cassidy said after practice that he wouldn’t be making a decision on his starting goalie in Brooklyn until Saturday, but it would be stunning if Rask didn't play.

“We’ll see how things clear up . . . and see where we’re at,” said Cassidy of any Bruins lineup changes against the Isles. “We’ll know by then. [The starting goalie] will be determined tomorrow. I don’t want to get out in front of it, to be honest with you.”

Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Friday’s practice, with Cassidy uncertain of any changes he might make between now and Saturday night: 
 
Marchand-Bergeron-Backes
Stafford-Krejci-Backes
Vatrano-Spooner-Hayes
Moore-Nash-Acciari
 
Chara-Carlo
Krug-McQuaid
C. Miller-K. Miller

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem for Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem for Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”