I have no idea what "Red Sox" are, but Java's verbosity (and its long/shot term consequences) are universally known among software developers. It's not like Java is the first language of the kind.
Verbosity wouldn't have been so much of a problem, if the standard library was at least OK. But it is not.
Sun (and now Oracle) pretty much openly stated that they do not want to expand standard library. Main reason I heard was the security updates. (As if shifting the responsibility to the 3rd party libraries anyhow alleviates the security concerns.) The end result that Java's standard library manages to be at the same time very bloated and very poor.
For example, there is still no usable String.split(). There is standard one with the regexps, but it is very slow. I work with Java rarely (at most a month per year) and I have already seen at least a dozen of hand-coded String.split() alternatives.