Playing on a big-market team, like the Boston Red Sox, is not as easy as it sounds.
When players produce, they are rockstars, and everybody chants their name.
When they don’t, the whole stadium will boo them, and call them names and things they didn’t have any idea fans knew about them and their families.
Some say it’s the price for earning millions to play baseball.
It’s not that easy, and it’s a bit unfair if you think about it.
Trevor Story, who signed a lucrative six-year deal worth $140 million in the offseason, still hasn’t been able to get going at the plate.
He had a late start to spring training, even later than most players, so he had to get caught up during the early portion of the season.
He had two doubles and three RBI in Wednesday’s loss against the Los Angeles Angels, but more often than not, fans care about what you did today and not yesterday.
A Rough Showing
And today was rough for Story.
“Trevor Story has struck out four times against Shohei Ohtani today. Ohtani pumps his fist. Story chucks his bat. Fenway is letting him hear it,” Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato tweeted.
Trevor Story has struck out four times against Shohei Ohtani today. Ohtani pumps his fist. Story chucks his bat. Fenway is letting him hear it.
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) May 5, 2022
The Red Sox are struggling in the first month of the season, with a 10-15 record, and fans are looking for scapegoats.
Story, who started the day with a poor .221/.307/.312 line and no homers in 88 plate appearances, is definitely one of them.
He will eventually produce, but his final lines may not resemble what he did in Colorado for several years, mostly because of the park factor (Coors Field is usually the most hitter-friendly stadium in MLB).
Sox fans are running out of patience, though, especially after seeing him fail so badly against Ohtani.