Hold the popcorn. I’m not ready for the Red Sox sequel to 2018

I have a confession to make. For perhaps the first time in my life, I’m not really looking forward to this Red Sox season. Don’t get me wrong. I still love em. Heck I already have Sox-Yankees tickets for July. I’m a tried and true fan and have been since the late 70’s.

But how can 2019 beat, equal or even come close to last season? Aren’t we just setting ourselves up for disappointment?

2018 was epic. Historic. In movie terms a blockbuster. This is the sequel.
Sure, maybe we’ll get Godfather II. But we might also get Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Whichever it is, it wont be like 2018.

Last year had it all. A new untested manager. A 17-2 start. A brawl with the Yankees. Multiple All Stars and a franchise record 108 wins.

Then a playoff showdown with the Evil Empire and the resulting complete demolition off the pinstriped Death Star. (Please note I’ve never seen any of the Star Wars movies so I’m sorry if this reference is not quite accurate. I know, I paid to see Hot Tub Time Machine 2 but I have never seen the most popular movie franchise of all time.)

Next was the dismantling of the reining World Series Champion Houston Astros, including a game saving, once in a lifetime catch from Andrew Benintendi.

The final climatic scene of this movie was the public humiliation handed out to the Dodgers. LA managed just one win in the series and it took 18 innings to get it.

Boston was 11-3 in the playoffs. David Price overcomes his demons. Steve Pearce, a late season acquisition, is the series MVP. On to the Duckboat parade where the trophy is damaged by a flying beer. It’s ok. They have three more handy. Mookie is the American League MVP.

Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts celebrates with J.D. Martinez (28) after hitting a two-run home run at Fenway Park, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

I’m a little breathless just typing all this. I might need a cold shower.

What in the name of The Great Dembrowski will we see this year that can come close to the providing the sheer pleasure last year brought us fans?

I’ll watch opening day. After all there’s no way to go cold turkey from a Sox addiction. I’m sure as the weather turns steamy in July and August my Red Sox fever will return.

I suspect this team will be very good. But whatever happens this season, last year will always play in my mind as one of the greatest movies ever made.


Jeff Solari

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Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.