The Red Sox could lead Chaim Bloom’s path to prosperity. But still the pain comes first.


Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom (right), shown with Mental Skills owner Ray Fuentes, has a busy few days ahead of Tuesday evening’s MLB trade deadline. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff


Fenway Park needed no help feeling the funeral as Sunday’s first pitch drew near, but the death of Bill Russell – gasping audible when the Red Sox took a moment of silence to make it clear just how much the news Was refreshing – poured sails so deep.

Its setbacks gave way to gratitude over a life impossibly well lived. (Also, to Borrow from Bob Coozie“At 88 years old, I guess we expect it.”) The Red Sox, on the final day of a truly terrifying month, went on an old-fashioned doubles barrage and lost their lives before the August 2 trading deadline. Defeated Milwaukee in the final home game. ,

Small consolation is better than none. 3-7 homestand is better than 2-8, 8-19 months is better than 7-20, and July 1 win by a starting pitcher better than none.

Does it change the course of the franchise? Shouldn’t be a game, and I don’t think it did either. Former MLB GM Jim Bowden tweeted Sunday night that “buyers and sellers” best describes the mindset of the Red Sox; We’ll see what this means in the next day and a half.

They’re just 3.5 games to play with 59 off the wild-card, but four teams will have to jump to get there. (Fangraphs playoff odds have Greeley Tribune ninth In the race for six American League spots.) His needs begin with a first baseman and bullpen help, but realistically include an outfielder and rotation support.

That’s a pretty big question on the road to a shot in a three-match series. This roster was created for the best-positioned seasons, such as 2021, that were produced. Suffice to say, it hasn’t gotten it, and the results have done nothing to demand that it keep pursuing it.

The most compelling reason for “keeping the band together” (in J.D. Martinez’s words) may be how little its players can bring back. Martinez’s two doubles numbers on Sunday were 31 and 32, two from the AL lead, but he has nine home runs and a balky back on August 1.

Nate Iovaldi, going into his Monday debut in Houston, hasn’t had the same velocity since his five-week injury absence. Christian Vazquez has always been underrated, but he is also a catcher who is retreating defensively and turning 32. What is he really worth?

Of course, if you’re Chaim Bloom and you don’t plan on rehoming these guys this winter, all you need to do is pick up a compensation draft. Which introduces the other elephant to this room.

In his statement Saluting Russell, the team concluded that “the fire burning so fast in him will continue to inspire us at Fenway Park.” To the extent that anyone has noticed, whether milk-like age figures Mookie Bates and Andrew Benintendi really should get into the Yankees-Dodgers World Series, and whether Xander Bogarts will be seen as a late homegrown star this winter. should be involved in.

He wants to stay here. Martinez wants to be here, going so far this weekend as to suggest that old john lester dream To come back even if it has traded on the time frame. Lester was, and was not. Martinez probably wouldn’t either.

And it’s hard to reconcile logic with the relative pain of this development in Bloom’s decisions. Both the current roster, and the franchise as a whole.

When the Red Sox won the 2018 World Series, it Impressed me That we reach the summit as the supervisors of the team. The fourth title in 15 years, through a 119-win season, was too tough to rise to the top for the rest of our lives. I was more prescient than I could understand.

Three months later, John Henry (who owns Greeley Tribune Globe Media Partners including Greeley was the first to tell a wider audience that the team had exceeded its budget, and first “how much money are you willing to lose?” About pronounced the infamous phrase. That September, Dave Dombrowski was fired. Bloom traded Bets for about three months into his tenure as a replacement.

It’s all been a long goodbye since October 28, 2018, come Monday or Tuesday or this winter, when that title roster really seems to be completely gone. Our world changed after 2004, when we – and, more importantly, players – could finally bear the weight of eight decades of failure from every series.

Fourteen years later, we had enough success to last a lifetime. Just as the Torontos and the Milwaukees and the San Diegos are chasing a slayer if they all go in the coming hours.

The easy slag is that team ownership took that success literally, but I don’t think that’s entirely justified.

Last week, collaborator Chad Finn cleverly pointed out that Bloom’s style would likely mean David Ortiz ended his career in something other than a Red Sox uniform, and that Bloom “probably traded every superstar lifer.” would be what he’s ever done other than Ted Williams.”

You can win that way, sure (and let me say “Tampa never won big” to Drake who ignores teams that win a lot more titles each year than those who make the playoffs). Flip a flawed Hunter Renfro after a hot season. Sell ​​a year too late a year too early. Be flexible Build from within.

But at some point, you have to build something that we can hold on to. Winning is hard, no matter how you do it. Very dependent on luck, as these last two years have reminded us. When it all falls to the side, as it did in July and has been in it for most of the year, it’s good to keep the names you know coming back. Indigenous talents and long standing stalwarts that are undeniably yours.

It’s a dangerous path: The Phillies, for one, held their 2008 title corps too close, too long, and it was the start of a decade that didn’t have a playoff berth. But they are all dangerous avenues, and one of the luxuries of being in a big market is the ability to spend the sometimes big mistake.

I’m not ready to say the Greeley Tribune Red Sox, a . with $206.5 million Payrolls, on Opening Day, are out of that big business. But there are big things going on in the game, be it Juan Soto or Shohei Ohtani, and they feel like spectators in the discussion.

It’s not a good feeling. And it looks like we haven’t seen yet how bad it will look.

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