Red Sox Rule

Dusty Dustin Pedroia: Heart of the Boston Red Sox.

Mark Twain more or less said while history may not repeat, it rhymes. Will the 2011 Boston Red Sox season rhyme with 1918, 2004, and 2007? I think so. The 2011 club is not perfect. But let’s take a look at how few blemishes there are. We start with Theo Epstein, Mister Sabermetrics, in the front office, and move on to Terry Francona in the dugout. Given his postseason success (most friends get to call him), TC may be the most underrated manager in baseball.

All the Sox did this harsh winter was scoop up base-stealing terror Carl Crawford from the Tampa Bay Rays (Eat your heart out, Yankees fans!) and Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres.

Is The Greek God of Walks, Kevin Youkilis, Greek? Irish? Jewish? (James Joyce would love it.) None of the above? Who cares? With Gonzalez aboard, Youkilis returns to third base. Marco Scutaro is more than adequate at shortstop. Dustin Pedroia, a dirt-on-the-uniform-choking-up-on-the-bat throwback, is All-World at second base.

Joining Crawford in the outfield are Jacoby Ellsbury and the surprising J. D. Drew.

Mister DH, David Ortiz, is set to pick up where he left off most of 2010 following his dismal April (and May I think).

The rotation is second only to the Phillies, and thus number one in the American League: Jon Lester, Josh Beckett (in his walk year, so look for maximum effort), Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, and Daisuke. I do not know what these Sox are doing for left-handed relief, but the pen is several notches above most. (Why worry with such starting pitching?)

This is your prototypical, scrappy, lunch-bucket brigade, un-flashy, fiendish (for the rest of the American League) balance of veteran experience, youth, speed, and power: young, fast, and scientific. Red Sox Nation’s back, baby!

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4 Responses to Red Sox Rule

  1. Pingback: Tigers Not in Rajasthan but in Detroit | Right Off the Bat

  2. toosoxy says:

    I’m excited! Worried about Dice-K… always worried about Dice-K and our pitching staff… but going into the season with a Crawford-infused enthusiasm. Happy Opening Day!

  3. calkguy says:

    Ernie Banks used to dabble in one line poetry, “The Cubs will come alive…in ’65.”

    What can we offer the BoSox:

    “The Sox will be driven….in twenty/eleven”

    “A pennant will be won..by the BoSox..two-oh-one-one”

    Ernie did it better. calkguy

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