Now that the finish line is, mercifully, within sight for the 2020 Red Sox, there's a sense of resignation and relief.
That's understandable. Very few positive developments took place from late July until this weekend. That tends to be the case when a team finishes with one of the five worst records in Major League Baseball.
But the closer to the end we get, the more revisionist history is creeping into the narrative.
In a Zoom call with reporters Friday afternoon, J.D. Martinez labeled the season an aberration in an apparent effort to put his sub-par performance into some context. And later on, on a Zoom call of his own, Ron Roenicke said history will look back on 2020 and regard it as somewhat less than real.
It's patently obvious that the 2020 season was going to be different from the start. That much was clear when the concept of the 60-game schedule was introduced. The season began in late July, didn't feature an All-Star Game (or a break) and teams for the first time ever played only a third of their in-league opponents.
There were protocols in place, but no fans in hand. So yes, it was very, very different.
But the suggestion that it was somehow illegitimate is nonsense.