Major League Baseball’s reigning champs are off to a rough start this season, but there will be no llama drama for the Boston Red Sox.
Several players informed WEEI’s Rob Bradford that the team has gotten rid of the video game Fortnite from the clubhouse, thinking it was “ending up being detrimental to putting their finest foot forward on the field.” The Red Sox have struggled mightily to start the season, sitting at 14-17 and 5 1/2 games back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East.
” I think there is a time and place for that, too,” Nathan Eovaldi told Bradford. “Maybe if we were doing a little much better maybe we would be doing it, however you can’t be losing and playing Fortnite in the clubhouse.”
The Red Sox’ players have long embraced the video game that’s been accepted by more than 250 million people worldwide. It initially made news in Boston when rumours associated David Price’s carpal tunnel syndrome to his love for video gaming, and also surfaced when the group’s outfielders used the game’s signature dance transfers to delight in triumphes. Per a May 2018 short article by The Athletic, last year’s Fortnite regulars consisted of Price, Carson Smith, Craig Kimbrel, Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez, Xander Bogaerts, Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, JD Martinez and Heath Hembree.
Price clarified Thursday that there is no main ban on the video game, the team just wanted a different dynamic in the clubhouse and guys weren’t playing it as much.
Given its pop-culture frequency, this is far from the very first time Fortnite has discovered itself in the sporting world’s crosshairs for taking in a lot time from professional athletes. In March, Philadelphia’s Carlos Santana smashed a TV when he found his colleagues playing while the Phillies were in the middle of a video game. Toronto Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo revealed around the same time that his group would have a “computer game curfew.” The Texas Rangers’ Chris Woodward has actually also explained to his team that video gaming throughout work hours would not be endured. In the NHL, groups were concerned about the video game’s effect on its younger players, particularly worrying their sleep, and were asking potential customers concerns about Fortnite at the league’s draft integrate.