Red Sox fan Stephen King trolls team with Twitter message
By Sean Penney
Famed author and well-documented Boston Red Sox fan Stephen King tweeted a message trolling his favorite team moments before they rallied to win the game.
Stephen King is known as the master of horror stories yet not even his brilliant mind could have crafted the nightmare that this season has become for the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox enter the day with a dismal 12-17 record and one of the worst run differentials in the majors. They are far closer to being in the company of the rebuilding Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins than they are to the mix of contenders. It’s as if the team has been cast into a vortex transporting them to an alternate dimension where everything has been turned upside down.
Last year’s team had an It factor fueling them to a franchise record 108 regular season wins and a championship. This year, the Red Sox are more like Pennywise, a disturbingly humorless collection of clowns that can’t resist watching their season float down a storm drain.
The horrific results have sent shivers down the spines of Red Sox fans who agonize over every defeat. That fan base includes King, a long-time fan who can often be found taking in a ballgame at Fenway Park. The critically-acclaimed author is apparently as fed up with this underachieving roster as the rest of us and recently took to Twitter to cleverly criticize the team.
"“I miss the Red Sox. I wish they were playing this year,” Tweeted King."
The Red Sox are, of course, playing baseball in 2019 but they are unrecognizable from the team that hoisted a World Series trophy through the streets of Boston six months ago.
Note the timestamp of King’s message. April 29, 2019, 8:15 PM. That would place the tweet shortly after the Oakland A’s tagged Eduardo Rodriguez for four earned runs in the second inning.
After repeating the seemingly daily ritual of falling behind early, the Red Sox appeared to be dead and buried. It must have been the Pet Sematary where they were buried because Bostons’ bats rose from the grave with a vengeance to strike back. The Red Sox hung a six-spot on the scoreboard to take the lead in the third inning. Boston would hold on to win the game 9-4, scoring their second-most runs in a game this season.
Getting revenge on an A’s team that helped put them in this hole by taking three out of four against them in Oakland earlier this month could be just what the Red Sox need to light a fire under them.
We all miss the thriving, world-beating version of the Red Sox that marched through the regular season and triumphed in October. There’s still plenty of talent on this roster and they are certainly capable of being that team again. Perhaps all they needed was a wake-up call to shake them from this nightmare.