Nov 12 '13

FROM WORST TO WORLD SERIES CHAMPS IN 2013. WHAT A WILD RIDE!

Whoever could have imagined that our Boston Red Sox would go from last place to World Series Champions in just one season? Well they did and we are so proud of them!

While both Ben and I felt very confident going into the season about this revised 2013 edition of the Boston Red Sox, our hope was simply that they would become a wild card playoff team and if not that, at least stay competitive throughout the season.

Ben Cherington went to work last year and went to work quickly. It started with their late 2012 season trade of Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzales to the Dodgers which cleared out a substantial amount of salary cap space and more importantly began to change the personality of the team. Ben then went out and found a way to get John Farrell away from Toronto in order for him to become the team’s next manager and then followed that up by aggressively making some good off season moves by picking up free agents the likes of Mike Napoli, Johnny Gomes, Shane Victorino and Koji Uehara. They also made a trade for veteran closer Joel Hanrahan which at the time seemed like a great move until he got injured. One thing was clear, the days of superstar players enjoying chicken and beer in the club house were over and they were replaced by good role players whom were willing to work hard and to play as a team.

The 2013 team still had to face plenty of adversity as Dustin Pedroia was injured the very first week of the season and was forced to play the rest of the year with a bum thumb. Then the Sox lost both their first and second closer’s in Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey for the season and also lost Clay Buchholz for approximately two and a half months. In addition, they had to work to gain back the trust and admiration of Red Sox fans (Red Sox nation) many of whom had become so very disgruntled over the prior two seasons.

None of these obstacles seemed to matter as this team was determined to bounce back and to win for the City of Boston. After the fateful April bombing at The Boston Marathon, the team and the City came together and the rest is history.

Thank you Red Sox for an amazing season filled with heroes and underdogs. You helped our City heal and gave us another reason to be proud again!

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Apr 3 '13

THE BOSTON RED SOX START OFF THE 2013 SEASON THE RIGHT WAY WITH AN OPENING DAY WIN AGAINST THE YANKEES!

While it is in fact only one win, there can be no debating that it is nice to see our Boston Red Sox start the 2013 season with an opening day win against the hated New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium no less.

While expectations are not very high for this team, there is no doubt that had they started the season with a loss, their critics would have been all over them saying that it is the same old team with the same old problems as before.

However we saw definite evidence to the contrary as the Red Sox backed up a solid opening day start from John Lester with four perfect innings of relief from four different relief pitchers and then combined it with some strong defense (thank you Jackie Bradley) and aggressive base running (Johnny Gomes scoring from second base on an infield hit) along with some clutch hitting to take the opening game of the season.

Both Ben and I feel strongly that the Red Sox will surprise a lot of people this year and we believe that they will in fact make it back into the playoffs in 2013. Go Red Sox!

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Jan 10 '13

FIRST BASE ANYONE????

With just a little over a month to go before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, there is still one major question that stands out with regard to the 2013 Boston Red Sox and that is……who will play first base?

It seems very odd to Ben and me that the Red sox could be so close to starting the season without having an established first baseman under contract.

While they have obviously been negotiating with Mike Napoli, there clearly is an injury situation that is causing this delay in signing him and let’s not forget that Mike Napoli is hardly an experienced first baseman since has played behind the plate for the majority of his career.

Not only is it really important to have a strong defensive first baseman but you also need to get some power numbers offensively out of that position. Wouldn’t you think that the Red Sox would have established some sort of drop dead date for these negotiations that would have expired by now? Since the Nationals this past week decided to resign Adam LA Roche, there doesn’t seem to be any exciting choices left in free agency except for Napoli.

Is it possible the Red Sox are trying to swing a trade with Minnesota to then convert Joe Mauer into their cornerstone first baseman for years to come? If the answer is yes than I am all for it. If the answer is no, then the Sox better move fast to secure an impact first baseman before this upcoming 2013 season becomes as disappointing as the prior two.

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Oct 9 '12

WHY NOT GABE KAPLER AS THE RED SOX NEXT MANAGER?

Every day I read in the papers or listen to sports radio and more and more names come up as potential candidates to be the next Red Sox manager.

While it seems clear that the Red Sox first choice is try pry John Farrell from Toronto, the one name that I haven’t heard mentioned for the job is Gabe Kapler.

Why do I like Gabe as a candidate? For one thing he is a former major leaguer with 13 years of playing experience including a stint with the Red Sox. Additionally, while he is still young (37 years old) he also has had not only the experience of playing overseas (Japan) but he also made an unusual move of actually stopping in the middle of his playing career to become the manager of the Red Sox Single A Affiliate Grenville Drive (2007) before going back to playing baseball the following year.

That being said, he is a young former major leaguer who already has had some managerial experience. He is familiar with Boston and the demands that come with being in this town and he should be able to relate very well with the players.

So while I don’t want the Sox to settle for a managerial “retread”, I also do not think that they can afford to hire a Manager that has no prior managing experience. After firing two different managers in the last two years, The Red Sox simply need to make sure that this next hire is the right choice otherwise another bad pick could end up putting the organization in a hole that will take them years to get out from under.

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Oct 3 '12

THE RED SOX END THE 2012 SEASON IN DISSAPOINTING FASHION

Despite another disappointing season that Red Sox fans had to endure, many still took small comfort in knowing that the Red Sox would ending the season with back to back series against both the Orioles and the Yankees.

This would give the Red Sox something meaningful to play for with an opportunity to play the spoilers role and to be able to affect the outcome of the final standings.

So how did our 2012 Red Sox respond to that challenge? They did it in the same disappointing manner in which they displayed all season long with little passion and intensity leading to a dismal 1-9 record over their final 10 games of the season.

Other than a couple of exceptions, this team quit on its manager but even more importantly quit on their fans. At the same time, it appeared that their manager Bobby Valentine had also quit due to his lack of in game moves, puzzling lineups and strange comments.

While Bobby V clearly needs to be fired as eearly as tomorrow, that is not the single quick fix for this team. Before anything positive can happen, Management needs to come together and get on the same page with a plan that they can execute over the next few years in order to get the Red Sox back into playoff contention again. Otherwise it will be another very long season in 2013.

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