The Boston Red Sox were off to a terrible start in 2022 after a bad month of April.
In early May, they were 10-19 and sat in last place in a top-heavy American League East division.
There looked to be no way out, with the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Tampa Bay Rays all playing their best baseball.
Things have changed in Boston, however.
Now, they’re playing like the team that reached the ALCS a year ago.
Since that 10-19 start, they are 26-12.
But there’s still one thing that will grind Red Sox fans’ gears.
As noted by StatMuse on Twitter, the Red Sox have actually lost ground on the rival Yankees, despite their turnaround.
On May 9, the Red Sox were last in the AL East (10-19), 10.5 games back from the Yankees.
Since that day the Sox are 26-12, 13.5 games back from the Yankees.
— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 21, 2022
Stuck Behind The Yankees
This has to be frustrating for Red Sox fans.
The fanbases of the Red Sox and Yankees, as well as the two teams, hate each other with a burning passion.
They never have liked each other, and they never will at this rate.
But if you’re a Red Sox fan, this has to be extremely irritating.
Think about it.
Your team is 10-19 and sits 10.5 games out of first.
They turn it around and play great baseball, but now find themselves in a bigger hole, 13.5 games back of first.
And who’s in first?
Any chants of “Yankees Suck” that occur at Fenway Park are all in vain and are simply chants of jealousy.
The Red Sox have taken control of the third American League Wild Card, but still sit in third place in the division.
So while it’s good for them that they’re winning again, they still are behind the blasted Yankees.
And that’s how a team can get in other teams’ heads.