NESN's Dave O'Brien has an extremely bad habit of creating drama where none exists, of exaggerating (and sometimes fabricating) events in an attempt to make Red Sox broadcasts more compelling. It is utterly unnecessary and damages his reputation as a straight-shooting announcer.
During Tuesday's broadcast, O'Brien obsessed over the previous night's extra-inning loss to the White Sox. He called the defeat "brutal" and "heartbreaking". The fact that the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth of a tie game and failed to score "boggles the mind" (1). Indeed, Red Sox fans were "shocked" the game hadn't ended with a walk-off win.
I'm not saying that watching the last two innings of Monday's loss was fun, but it was not heartbreaking - and if O'Brien had been a lifelong Red Sox fan like he claims (2), he should know a thing or two about heartbreaking baseball games.
Monday's loss was annoying, frustrating, exasperating ... but it was not a loss fans are going to agonize over for months and years. And it did not make Tuesday's game some kind of a must-win to save the 2016 season. It was a disappointing defeat to a mediocre team in mid-June. O'Brien was coming dangerously close to making it sound like Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.
(1) During game threads years ago, having the Red Sox fail to score after loading the bases with no outs was happening so often, the frequent squander became known as "a Red Sox Special". So it obviously should not boggle any Boston fan's mind that it happens from time to time.
(2) I maintain that I heard O'Brien say (during a radio broadcast) that his favourite moment of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry was Bucky Dent's home run. That is a peculiar choice, to say the least, for a Red Sox fan to make.