With the Red Sox home opener set for this afternoon, Craig Kimbrel announced that he would not be attending the pregame ring ceremony for the 2018 champs, although the Red Sox did offer him a spot. The teams’ former closer felt “his attendance might create a distraction” for his teammates.
Most would love to see the Kimbrel back to receive his well-deserved ring, but his decision is probably best. Distraction is a slippery slope for a team that has struggled as the Red Sox have in early 2019, and one most would like to avoid. The Sox started 2019 on an 11 game West Coast road trip and head back to Fenway a measly 3-8.
It likely has nothing to do with any hard feelings, as players understand that baseball is a business. The Boston Red Sox are appreciative of Kimbrel’s contributions while with the club and wish him future success – so long as it’s not with the New York Yankees.
The ring ceremony will hopefully help this team gel, as we haven’t seen much of that so far. The festivities will be taking place on Tuesday before the series opener versus the Blue Jays. All fans of the Sox are hoping the home opener results in a Red Sox W, and their first series win of 2019.