Mookie Betts is a Dodger. David Price is a Dodger who opted out of the season. Ace Chris Sale won’t pitch until next year. Eduardo Rodriguez, a 19-game winner last season, is done for the year due to COVID-19.
So it was not surprising the Red Sox lug a 6-13 record into Friday’s game against the Yankees and were last in the AL East, 6 ¹/₂ lengths back of the first-place Yankees.
Not exactly the way the best rivalry in baseball usually exists in the middle of August.
With the Red Sox visiting Yankee Stadium for a second time this weekend for four games after being swept in a three-game series bridging July and August, a former Yankee and Red Sox reliever pointed to another reason the rivalry lacks juice: no flesh in the seats at Fenway and the Stadium.
“Even when we were playing and every year it went down to the wire, the fans made the rivalry,’’ Mike Stanton said via phone Thursday afternoon. “In Fenway the fans were screaming and yelling and at the Stadium.’’
Johnny Damon, who played for each side of the rivalry, says the lack of energy created by the crowds voicing strong…