Red Sox clubhouse bans playing the video game Fortnite

BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 and Mookie Betts #50 celebrate with teammates Tzu- Wei Lin #5 and Michael Chavis #23 of the Boston Red Sox after beating the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on May 1, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley /Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19 and Mookie Betts #50 celebrate with teammates Tzu- Wei Lin #5 and Michael Chavis #23 of the Boston Red Sox after beating the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on May 1, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley /Getty Images) /
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The Boston Red Sox are not letting any distractions stop them from achieving their goals. They made a wise decision to get rid of Fortnite.

The Boston Red Sox have put a stop to the video games in the clubhouse. It’s starting to be a distraction and with the slow start to April, it’s probably a good idea.

Yes, they have won their first series at home but they need to keep winning without any Fortnite distractions. Especially for David Price, who always talked about Fortnite last year. The only difference was they didn’t lose 17 games in the month of April. The video games weren’t a problem because they were winning.

There are some other big names that play Fortnite in the clubhouse other than Price. Chris Sale, who hasn’t won a game yet. Xander Bogearts, who has his on and off days, and J.D. Martinez, who I want to see have the season he had last year without the distractions.

Video games really should be played at home. These ballplayers are making millions of dollars to play a great sport and they’re losing because of the distractions of playing video games, seriously? I don’t see how you could play video games after you lose, especially with the April they’ve had. Good for the team to realize it and stop it.

Nathan Eovaldi seems to agree based on what he told WEEI’s Rob Bradford.

"“I think there is a time and place for that, too, maybe if we were doing a little better maybe we would be doing it, but you can’t be losing and playing Fortnite in the clubhouse.”"

It’s not the first time the Red Sox have had distractions in the clubhouse. We all remember the 2011 chicken and beer going on in the clubhouse during games. That would be Terry Francona’s last season with the Sox and they also had a dreadful September. This isn’t that but it’s still a distraction.

Instead of playing Fortnite before and after games they could be going over what they can do better to improve their game. Probably have some team bonding with the playing of cards or other games. You can’t be worried about whether or not you’re going to level up in a video game then not do well on the baseball field. If some of the players are mad about it then they shouldn’t be playing baseball. Play video games at home.

The Sox aren’t the only team banning video games other teams are too. Especially for pitchers, considering playing Fornite may have caused Price’s carpal tunnel last year. He got a lot of heat for that because he’s making $31 million a year and can’t pitch because he can’t put down an Xbox controller.

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If they were winning and playing like last season it probably wouldn’t be a big deal. But because they got off to a sloppy start and couldn’t seem to get it together it’s best to put away the things that distract them from performing well on the field. Playing a video game in the clubhouse makes zero sense when you’re losing. Good for the Sox to do what they did.