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Merloni: Boston is always a baseball town

Kyle DaLuz
July 10, 2018 - 6:32 pm

Lou Merloni has had it with people trying to take away from the Red Sox' success so far this season.

Boston sits atop the American League East at 63-29, are 2.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees, and are currently riding a seven-game win streak.

But that hasn't stopped talking heads from trying to poke holes in the Red Sox' run by pointing to the team's competition, citing the number of bad teams across the league that Boston has beat up.

On Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Tuesday, Merloni defended the hometown team from their critics, including co-host Glenn Ordway.

"There are so many sucky teams in Major League Baseball right now, and that’s where people are having a problem with this," Ordway said. "Nobody is denying that the Red Sox are a great team."

"I think there’s some really bad teams in baseball, I’ll admit that," Merloni said. "But I look around and every year, you have some crappy teams.

"You get to the postseason because you beat the teams that you should beat. That’s what the Red Sox are doing. They’re also 32-19 against teams over .500. They’re beating everybody. I think this is a great team to watch. I think they’re a fun team to watch."

For years, Merloni has said that the Red Sox remain relevant even in their trying years, unlike the Bruins, Celtics and Patriots. While the Red Sox are on top right now on the diamond, they're competing for air-time with the greatest dynasty in NFL history and an upstart, championship contending Celtics team on the North End. Merloni continued with that point Tuesday.

"I can only hope that I’m going to be here long enough, and it’s coming soon, with this glorious 17-year run for the New England Patriots when they will not be the talk of the town. This will not be the football town.

"You’re not going to talk [about the Patriots] when Brady leaves, when Belichick leaves … nobody will talk Patriots. Because when they suck like they did in the 1990s and nobody went [to games] it’s going to be the same exact thing. Right now it’s all Patriots and Celtics, yes. Just like in 2010-11 it was all Bruins. But the Red Sox, they don’t go away.”

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