The Red Sox aren’t winning, especially juxtaposed with their dominant 2018-2019 season. In fact, they are on pace to finish the month under .500, but no one is pinning that on Barnes.
At some indefinite point last season, something changed—or rather, something was revived. For most of the previous five-plus seasons, the greatest rivalry in American sports had taken a bit of vacation. One team dominated while the other had a rare down-year, trash-talk was kept to a whisper, brawls were nearly nonexistent.