Killer B’s, power, potential, promise, disappointment, outfield dance. All these terms could be used to talk about the 2016 Boston Red Sox. A team with so much excitement and talent started out with as many ups and downs as a roller coaster.
Reading all that above, you wouldn’t think I was talking about a team that might just enter the playoffs as the number one team in the American League, with the best record. Home field advantage would be huge for the Boston Red Sox, though they have been able to tame this second half road games galore. Throughout this whirlwind of a season, media and fans, including me have wanted John Farrell fired. He has made what seems like 100’s of mental mistakes that have cost us games, but he has yet to be fired, and his team has yet to give up
From one to nine, they are doing just fine. Dustin Pedroia has surged since settling into the leadoff spot, even with a recent slump, he is on pace for one of his best seasons he has had yet. David Ortiz has looked like a 25 year old, Hanley Ramirez has played a gold glove first base and single handedly drove the Red Sox to a division title. Mookie Betts just may win the American League MVP. I thought I would might be saying that at some point, but not so soon. He cleans out the inside of the plate like i've never seen before, never throw that man an inside fastball or anything that he can reach in general. Jackie Bradley Jr has proved everyone wrong, his end to the 2015 was no fluke. He is just a few RBI’s from reaching 90! I don’t want to drag on forever about these guys, but like Jared Carrabis stated “Sandy Leon is the only active hall of famer” and that guy is our catcher. Sorry Xman, and mayor of ding dong city Travis Shaw, didn’t mean to snub you, I know you two will catch fire in October and make me regret not writing extensively about your season.
Andrew Benintendi, this is your time. Your hair, your MJ dances and sweet swing has injected even more youth into this team and has added one more B to the killer B collection. Keep dancing and keep swinging young man. Yoan Moncada it is not your time yet. You are young and talented, but next year will be your time. Just sit down and enjoy the show, take everything in.
I can not finish this article without Thanking Rick Porcello for the amazing season he has put together, we would not be on the verge of winning the AL East without him. Thank you pretty Ricky. Also, thank you David Ortiz for the historic season, but I refuse to say goodbye just yet.