David Ortiz and the Red Sox still slow-moving compared to expectations.David Ortiz and the Red Sox are still slow-moving compared to expectations despite a new colorway of his PE Reeboks.

words // Nick Engvall

Nobody is sure if the air in Beantown has been contaminated, or if the expectations were just to high, but the Boston Red Sox can’t seem to get it going on the offensive or defensive side of the diamond. Of course the season is young, but when the world is expecting one of the greatest teams of all time, anything but that can be an ugly self-defeating cycle (just ask the Miami Heat).

Josh Beckett had a strong outing this week with 8 innings of scoreless pitching. Beckett struck out 10 on the way to his first win of the season, but the team only has 2 total thus far. Nevertheless, just like the aforementioned Heat, Boston’s woes will go by the wayside eventually. Whether or not it will include the same all-star roster it started with will remain to be seen.

Boston’s division rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, are also off to a slow start. Now, without the suddenly retired Manny Ramirez, the Rays are just one game better than the Red Sox and have quite the uphill road ahead of them. However, as you’ll see in the pictures below, they obviously enjoyed hearing the booing Red Sox fans give Johnny Damon a laugh.

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David Ortiz in the Easton VRS Pro III batting gloves.David Ortiz in the Easton VRS Pro III batting gloves.

David Price in the Nike Huarache LWP90.David Price in the Nike Air Huarache LWP90.

Johnny Damon, wearing PUMA cleats, has a laugh at the expense of booing Boston fans and his teammates.Johnny Damon, wearing PUMA cleats, has a laugh at the expense of booing Boston fans and his teammates.

Jayson Werth, wearing the adidas Diamond King, continues to build hope for Nats fans.Jayson Werth, wearing the adidas Diamond King, continues to build hope for Nats fans.

Joe Mauer in the latest Nike catcher's equipment.Joe Mauer in the latest Nike catcher equipment.

Michael Pineda grabbed his first career win wearing Mizuno 9-spikes and Mizuno glove.Michael Pineda grabbed his first career win wearing Mizuno 9-spikes and Mizuno glove.

Jeff Francoeur, one of many players wearing New Balance cleats this season, can't quite make the grab.Jeff Francoeur, one of many players wearing New Balance cleats this season, can’t quite make the grab.

Albert Pujols can't seem to find his swing despite his player exclusive Nike cleats.Albert Pujols can’t seem to find his swing despite his player exclusive Nike cleats.

A good look at Miguel Cabrera's Franklin Tectonic Pro batting gloves. A good look at Miguel Cabrera’s Franklin Tectonic Pro batting gloves.

Jose Reyes applies the tag wearing Under Armour Yard cleats.Jose Reyes applies the tag wearing Under Armour Yard cleats.

Ichiro Suzuki switches up his Asics during batting practice.Ichiro Suzuki switches up his Asics during batting practice.

Brian Wilson returned with more beard and a new pair of player exclusive Air Max Diamond Elites.Brian Wilson returned with more beard and a new pair of player exclusive Air Max Diamond Elites.