On the surface, you might be forgiven for thinking that, if the Red Sox were going to be so godawful, then this is the year to do so.
Thanks to the pandemic, the Red Sox have not had to listen to unhappy fans booing them into next week for their 1-4 start, for their nightly embarrassing pitching performances, for their inability to produce a big hit when they need it most.
With no paying customers on hand, the Red Sox can suffer in (mostly) silence, their poor play restricted to a dozen or grounds crew members. The only reaction heard is from piped-in sound effects, and person running the audio controls isn't about to hit the "boo'' button.
And that's a good thing, right?
Well, maybe not.
Following their fourth straight loss at Fenway, one of the team's newest members -- and one of the few players who's performed well to date -- suggested the lack of atmosphere may be contributing factor to the team's subpar play.
"I'd be lying if I said that it's not different,'' said outfielder Kevin Pillar. "I think players that get the opportunity to call this home, you're just so accustomed to the unique atmosphere that this stadium brings -- the fans, the energy in the ballpark. It's taken some guys a little bit of time to adjust to that.
"I think getting out on the road might be good for this team.''