It’s been an illness for the ages for the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox team has been plagued by one of the worst flu bugs that we can recall effecting one club. It’s effected the entire organization from the players to broadcasters.
The Red Sox players and coaches have all gone through some phase of the sickness. Some have been sick and gotten better.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Herald reports, heading into the Red Sox clubhouse is perilous these days. Reporters were even seen interviewing Andrew Benintendi from a distance Saturday after the left fielder had vomited in the sixth inning of the game.
Robbie Ross Jr. landed on the 10-day disabled list with possibly the worst case of all. Neither Hanley Ramirez nor Mookie Betts even traveled to Detroit, while Mitch Moreland and Brock Holt have both been ailing in recent days. Jackie Bradley Jr., also effected over the weekend.
Joe Kelley got it so bad, he stayed in the Red Sox team hotel room on Saturday after pitching on Friday.
It isn’t just the team itself that got it, the Red Sox play by play broadcaster, Bill O’Brien even got it. O’Brien got it so bad in the middle of a game, that he was forced to leave mid game turning the broadcast over to the NESN studios back in Boston.
— Dave Palet (@DavePalet) April 8, 2017
I’m going to go ahead and state this now, next season I’m calling for a flu shot day at Spring training because this is absolute bananas. Players are actually offered them in Spring training, but most declined it according to Cafardo.
The lineup irregularities can be attributed to the Red Sox inconsistent start, once this team gets better, they will be on a roll. For now, if you aren’t green in the face, grab a bat and a glove because you’re going in.
The Sox did rally for an 8th inning win on Sunday over the Tigers putting their record at 3-2.