All across America, fans and media are going to hate the Red Sox as never before.It has begun in Tampa, where the Red Sox are the Evil Empire:
Who's next? ... the Red Sox! It is going to be Boston. Of course it is going to be Boston in the AL Championship Series. After all that has gone on between them, after all the feuding and the fussing and the friction, who else could it be?The Globe has quotes from Wednesday's press conference from Joe Maddon and Terry Francona. ... Scouting the Rays. ... Art Martone's blog has links galore.
The Red Sox are that sneering gunfighter you see in Westerns who you know is destined to draw against John Wayne. Or that glowering boxer who feels no pain who is bound to fight Rocky Balboa. The Red Sox are final-reel villains, and as formidable as they are, it is fitting that they should be the final team standing between the Rays and the World Series. ...
So bring on the annoying Coco Crisp. Bring on the dangerous David Ortiz. Bring on the mouthy Jonathan Papelbon and Kevin Youkilis, the escapee from the biker bar. Bring on the entire cast of Bond villains that is the Red Sox.
Joe McDonald, Providence Journal:
Talking to a lot of the Tampa Bay players yesterday ... they are actually glad they are not going to be Jon Lester at the Trop ... They don't want to lose a game at home against him, so they're actually kind of glad they're going to see Matsuzaka, who they've had success against this year, and Beckett.***
Hatred on the field?
The bad blood, I don't think anyone has even thought of it. This is the playoffs, and that really doesn't enter into it.Jonathan Papelbon:
There could be something that stirs it right back up. You know how these things linger all year long.Coco Crisp:
It was just that series, and it doesn't seem like anything's happened since then.Dustin Pedroia:
I don't buy into all that [the media] say about we hate each other.Jed Lowrie:
I think that's all done with. Maybe it's not.