We all know the Boston Red Sox season is over right? Let’s just get that out of the way now, we’re a year or two away from meaningful baseball.
Chaim Bloom waited too long to acquire a competent first baseman. Injuries have ravaged the starting rotation, and the bullpen at it’s best is nothing to write home about, at it’s worst is somewhere between a soap opera and a farce. And since parting ways with Jackie Bradley Jr., the Rube Goldberg Machine that Bloom put together in the outfield is the most frustrating thing to watch every game.
At the center of it, literally and figuratively is Jarren Duran. There was so much hype surrounding Duran and he hasn’t lived up to a fraction of it. Sure, he has wheels but he can’t see a baseball at the plate or in the field, JBJ at least could catch the ball. And as if Duran’s performance isn’t frustrating enough, fans also get to watch him respond like a petulant child instead of a ballplayer.
I could go on about his stats. I could really sink my teeth into his .180 batting average over the last 30 games. But some things are intangible and do not show up on a stat sheet. I’m sure in some movie somewhere a coach of some sport, probably high school, gives a big speech about the size of the fight in a dog, but Duran didn’t catch that movie.
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During a disastrous seventh inning Sunday afternoon where he misplayed two fly balls, Duran had to be restrained by teammate Alex Verdugo while he was jawing with fans in the Royals’ bleachers; allegedly, they were throwing bottle caps. He’d rather try to fight fans in Kansas City because he doesn’t have the emotional maturity to grow from his god awful play.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran loses it in blowout loss
How are you going to let Kansas City Royals fans get to you by the way? They’re an irrelevant franchise. What are you going to do when you have to play center field in Yankee Stadium? You think Yankee fans are gonna be any easier on you than Royals fans? Woof.
We all remember this play right? It should have been a routine fly out, you know it, I know it, Ramiel Tapia knows it.
What are you doing here?! Lost the ball ok, whatever, it happens to the best of them. You are in the 94th percentile for speed amongst Major Leaguers, just get to the ball and try to salvage a run. Do anything except take a leisurely walk to the ball and give up an inside the park granny!
This is the kind of thing a 13 year old does in Marshfield Youth Baseball and he doesn’t wanna play right field anymore and he knows his coach will pull him and his dad will make him go home. I know from experience. This isn’t a Major League Baseball player. This isn’t an every day center fielder for the Boston Red Sox. This is a child. If you want to play in Boston, grow up.