There comes a time in every baseball season when a team has to show if it is, in fact, a contender or just taking up space. To that end, Puppet Red has casually thrown down the gauntlet, requesting — some might say DEMANDING — that the 2019 Red Sox make hay during their upcoming stretch of 21 games against AL East competitors. If they fail to return with a record of at least 18-3, a pigeon will pay the price.

Hey, I don’t make the rules. The puppet does. *insert creepy music*

You’ve been warned, Red Sox.