“Jerry, I Can’t Get Fired”
Do you remember that one episode of Seinfeld where George is trying to get fired by the Yankees to land a job as head scout of the Mets? So the entire episode is him attempting to get canned in the most spectacular fashion, but everything he does almost endears him to the Yankee owner for absolutely no reason.
Well, Red Sox righty Ryan Brasier is George Costanza, and team President Chaim Bloom is George Steinbrenner (minus the rings). No matter how many runs he gives up, batters he hits, walks he allows, or games he blows, Ryan Brasier always seems to find his way back for another opportunity.
Brasier Makes 2023 Debut
The aforementioned Brasier would make his 2023 debut in the 5th inning of a 5-2 Opening Day deficit against the Baltimore Orioles. Brasier started by hitting the first batter he faced before Kikè Hernandez made an outstanding play at shortstop for the double play. The righty would walk the next batter, allowing a stolen base before an RBI single to Jorge Mateo. While the following batter would walk before another stolen base and a wild pitch.
And to cap it all off, Adley Rutschman (How good is he, by the way) would hit a two-run RBI single to make it 8-2. The Red Sox would end up losing the game 10-9 after a rally in the 9th came up just short. In total, Brasier would go on to throw 35 pitches but only 16 strikes. Yikes
When Is Enough Finally Enough?
The Red Sox bullpen problems have been well-documented over the past few seasons. But a reliever who had a 5.78 ERA and 1.30 WHIP last year should not have made the Opening Day roster. Red Sox fans have been saying this for months, and quite frankly, it doesn’t take a baseball savant to realize Brasier has nothing left in the tank.
I’m still trying to figure out what team president Chaim Bloom see’s in Brasier. When is enough finally enough?