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10 things I hate about the Red Sox through 10 games

10 things I hate about the Red Sox through 10 games

The Red Sox wanted to restore a bit of joy to our lives, but it looks like we'll have to settle for being mad about something other than the state of the world, which is its own form of escapism, I suppose.

Better than nothing.

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Anyway, 10 games into the season, they haven't given us much to cheer, but they've provided plenty of reason to grimace.

From a mix of bad starting pitching to being forced to use openers, from seeing the team's vaunted offense not deliver out of the starting gates to the continuing slog of marathon games, there's no shortage of issues that the Sox are dealing with a sixth of the way through their schedule.

Here are 10 of the worst aspects of the Red Sox season through 10 games.

Ron Roenicke hopes Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak 'scares' Red Sox into following protocols

Ron Roenicke hopes Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak 'scares' Red Sox into following protocols

So far, the Boston Red Sox have done a solid job of following Major League Baseball's COVID-19 protocols. But as we found out Monday, one mistake can prove costly.

The Miami Marlins had 14 players and staff test positive for the novel coronavirus, leading to their Monday matchup against the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies game being postponed. The Marlins faced the Phillies in their previous series.

Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke addressed the situation during a Zoom call with reporters Monday, and he hopes his team learns a thing or two from the Marlins' issues.

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“It’s something that I’m hopeful it scares them a little bit, … I know we’ve been good at this but we can be better,” Roenicke said. “We can stop fist bumping we can stop doing the things the protocols are trying to get us not to do. And I realize the emotions that come into play when you score a run and whet you hit a home run, get a big strikeout, I understand all those things.

"But we have to keep reminding guys of trying to stay with the things that our medical department has said will keep us safe. And hopefully that continues and we’re able to go on the road and do the right things.”

After a trip to New York to face off against the Yankees, the Red Sox are scheduled to visit Tampa Bay for a series at the start of August. With Florida currently being a coronavirus hotspot, Roenicke hopes the team avoids venturing outside of their hotel is possible.

“Right now New York has done a good job, so we don’t want them to obviously just go out and be a normal time,” Roenicke said. “You may be OK walking to a place differently than maybe you do in Florida. Maybe you just try to stay in the hotel, which is what we’ve told them we’d like them to do is just stay there … and making them more aware of the places that are more at-risk than others.

"We’re gonna do this in every city that we go to. … I don’t want to make them fearful about going on the road, or fearful about playing and continuing on with this because I do feel like we’re doing a lot of good things.”

The Red Sox have had three players -- Eduardo Rodriguez, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Josh Taylor -- test positive for the coronavirus. Rodriguez was later diagnosed with myocarditis, but hopes to return at some point this season.

Red Sox to address social justice issues in Opening Day ceremony

Red Sox to address social justice issues in Opening Day ceremony

The Boston Red Sox will follow the suit of NBA and Major League Soccer teams -- to some extent.

The Red Sox' ceremony prior to their 2020 season opener at Fenway Park on Friday will include a "social justice component," according to The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and CEO Sam Kennedy met with players Tuesday to discuss their plans for the ceremony, per Abraham.

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The NBA and MLS have both used their platforms to call attention to issues of social and racial justice as they return to play. Boston Celtics players like Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart have used their interview sessions to call for justice for Breonna Taylor, while MLS players have knelt and raised their fists prior to matches in support of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several San Francisco players, including Mass. native Mike Yastrzemski, took a knee Monday night during the national anthem of their exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics to protest police brutality and racial inequality in America.

Roenicke told reporters Tuesday he isn't aware of anyone on the Red Sox planning to take a knee Friday, but that he'll fully support them if they do so.

"As far as I know, we don’t have guys that are going to take a knee," Roenicke said, via WEEI.com. "But certainly, we will join in with the other concerns and it's a very strong statement we have for this organization and how we feel about the fight on equality, so we’ll see.

"We haven’t told players you have to do anything. We’ve given them the rights which is what this country is all about and the freedom to do what they feel strongly about. So we have said what we think and what we’d like them to do but we also want to give them the opportunity to express themselves." 

The Red Sox' season opener against the Baltimore Orioles is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday.