By: Chris Wehner
Since being acquired from the San Francisco Giants on July 25th, Eduardo Nunez has been everything and more to this team. Known for his versatility on the field, Nunez has has quite the surprise with his bat. In 5 games with the Red Sox, Nunez is hitting .471 with 2 homers, 9 RBI’s, and 2 stolen bases. His production couldn’t come at a better time for the Red Sox who as a team are hitting .260 with a .737 OPS.
Yes, Nunez is a free agent this season, Yes, he will probably land AT LEAST a multi-year deal on the free agent market. Question is will Double D open up the checkbook for Nunez who has made a strong impact and impression on this team? That’s to be foreseen, but with Brock Holt clearly struggling after battling concussion and vertigo early in the season, an investment of Nunez would be a smart move.
Already Nunez has made us all forget about the dreadful Pablo Sandoval who coincidentally ended up rolling back to the Giants organization where he had won 3 World Series rings. Well guess what Panda, while you’re balls in Triple-A, Eduardo Nunez is becoming a Boston sports legend! Within a few more weeks the Red Sox will probably be retiring his number for all his contributions this season. Cooperstown has already called for all his gear from his cleats to his chewing gum. That doesn’t happen every day! But when you get a guy like Nunez, ANYTHING”S POSSIBLE.
Now I now I’ve been hard on this team and Double D (Dave Dombrowski) and if follow me on Twitter I can be quite critical of the pitchers and ownership. But make no mistake about it Eduardo Nunez has given me a new purpose, a reboot of sorts. Who knows how long this honeymoon phase with Nunez will last. I’m hoping it will end with him walking down Boylston Street with the World Series trophy in hand. And with the way he has jump-started this team, that’s not a far fetched picture to imagine.
So here’s to you Nunez, here’s to many weeks of home runs, runs batted in, and of course flour and Gatorade showers. But for the love of God, cover your eyes when the flour is near. If you end up on the DL with some sort of eye injury I may just have a nervous breakdown and that won't be good for anyone. #YABO
Photo: (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)