Opening Day is just five days away. Where's the buzz?
Why do you think there's no hype surrounding this team? Are they just not interesting? Are we spoiled? Is baseball just not worthy of our time in March?
The Boston Globe's Kevin Paul Dupont, on Arbella Early Edition, said it's not like the old days "when they came back [to spring training and for Opening Day], they had disappeared for three months. There's no disappearing now."
Dupont chalked the lack of buzz up to "fan exhaustion."
Gary Tanguay pointed to the lack of "polarizing characters" on the current Sox.
"There is no charismatic no polarizing characters on this team," Tanguay said. "Boston loves winners, but they love polarizing characters on their team."
Dupont also said that the Sox aren't the only consistent winner in town anymore.
"Some of it is who the characters are and that storyline changed dramatically and that they won in '04 and '07," he said. "Let's not forget the Patriot for decades were nothing . . . The Red Sox didn't compete with the Patriots. The Celtics, even in their great years, nobody went to see them. And for a while, the Bruins were dead. The Red Sox were the only thing."
WEEI's Kirk Minihane said it's a generational thing. Baseball just doesn't cut it with young people.
"I think what hurts is the Bruins run recently, speaking generationally, if you're in say, your early 20s, the excitement of playoff hockey, the night in, night out, nail-biters. Then you change the channel and the Red Sox are in the fourth inning and it's been 2 1/2 hours," Minihane said.
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