If you ever played sports, you understand the power of bulletin board material. As a washed-up D1 football player, I can think back to numerous times where bulletin board material powered my team to a victory. I have also been on the giving end of bulletin board material, which did not end well.
Bulletin board material is powerful in all levels of sports, even professionally, where athletes are paid millions to compete.
With this being said, I have some advice for the Houston Astros…
Don’t give the Red Sox bulletin board material!
The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays have both made this mistake, and they have both fallen at the feet of the Fenway Faithful.
WE WANT BOSTON
The Yankees wanted Boston, and they got Boston. However, the American League Wild Card Game did not go as planned for the Bronx Bombers. Cy Young frontrunner Gerrit Cole was expected to slice up the Red Sox lineup, and he did not even make it three innings before Aaron Boone went to the bullpen.
The American League East race was tight down the stretch, and there was a chance of a four-way tie with a few days remaining on the calendar. Under the four-way tiebreaker scenario, New York had the right to decide where they wanted to play.
They wanted Boston, and even though the four-way tie did not occur, they still ended up playing the Red Sox in the Wild Card. The former savages of the American League were bested 6-2 and eliminated from October baseball.
Kike Hernandez acknowledged the bulletin board material after the game.
“We knew about it. We don’t really talk about it because we had some business to take care of ourselves. They wanted us, and they got us now, so win or go home. That’s it.”
The Yankees learned not to give bulletin board material to the Red Sox. The Rays must have missed this news.
More Bulletin Board Material…Popping Bottles
The Rays ate popcorn in game one, which did not make the Red Sox happy. However, after losing to Boston in game two, Tampa Bay ordered champagne and set the delivery address as Fenway Park, expecting to close the series out up north.
The series ended in Boston, but the Red Sox were the only team popping bottles at Fenway Park.
Kyle Schwarber spoke about the Rays’ decision after the game, and it was evident the Red Sox used it as fuel.
“Obviously coming into the series, losing Game 1, having a big Game 2 but hearing that these guys ordered their champagne, it’s like, ‘Really? You guys haven’t even come close to winning this. The series is tied. Anything can happen.’ It put a little fuel to the fire. Don’t get me wrong, you still have a lot of respect for that team. They won 100 games. That’s not easy to do. But it definitely added a little fuel to the fire to go out there and get the job done.”
Tampa Bay gave the Red Sox bulletin board material, and it bit them in the ass. Boston may not have the most talented team in baseball, but they are hot at the best possible time. If the Astros add any more fuel to the fire, the Red Sox will be advancing to the World Series with ease.
To the Astros, you have been warned…
Don’t give the Red Sox bulletin board material.