Boston Red Sox fans had a message for their ownership at the 2023 Winter Weekend event: loud and clear boos.
As the ownership group took the stage to address the attendees, the crowd made their displeasure known with a raucous chorus of boos.
Not too long after John Henry listened to a steady stream of boos at the NHL Winter Classic hosted at Fenway Park, the Red Sox Principal Owner heard more of the same at the Red Sox first winter weekend in three years which was hosted in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Were the boos from Red Sox fans warranted or was it in poor taste?
Red Sox Nation was abuzz on Twitter as fans voiced their opinions on the actions of those attending the Winter weekend.
Some felt that it was a long time coming and that Red Sox executives should face the noise. Many expressed that there aren’t many opportunities for fans to have access to the owners and executives of the Red Sox, and they are owed the right to express themselves.
Others on Twitter thought it was a bad look for Red Sox Nation and was a bit over the top and uncalled for.
I find myself somewhere in between. I think the boos were warranted, no doubt. And fans have every right to let the owners and executives know exactly how they feel.
I’m not sure I would have purchased a ticket that would go directly to the business of those owners to boo them, but I certainly understand the frustration. But anything after the initial boos as the executives took the stage seemed like a bit of overkill. The point was delivered, go enjoy being around some Red Sox greats.
Chaim Bloom handled himself very well
I’ve been a massive critic of Chaim Bloom. And I will continue to be. I understand that he mainly carries out directions from the higher-ups, but I’ve even been critical about how he has executed those directives.
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But one thing needs to be said about Chaim this weekend, he got up there and took the boos and random shouts from the crowd with class and composure. He didn’t shy away from interviews or from interactions with fans. He listened to what fans had to say and tried to give honest and legitimate answers.
Now it isn’t easy to understand if those answers come from a place of naivety or quiet confidence that he is getting this organization back on track. But one thing remains true, it makes no sense to root against Chaim Bloom and the front office of the Boston Red Sox.
Can you want them to be fired? Sure. But does that get us any closer to a championship-caliber team in the near future?
Probably not. I’m rooting for him to learn from past mistakes, draft and develop young stars, and put the players around Rafael Devers it takes to make the Boston Red Sox legitimate title contenders again.