By Danny Cavanaugh
The Boston Red Sox are currently 17-14 and had struggled with scoring runs ever since David Ortiz, A.K.A. “Big Papi,” retired. So far the Sox have struggled with hitting the long ball and lack that intimidation factor in the middle of their line-up.
Now, they’re over .500 and starting to swing the bats. However, what should their approach be moving forward without David?
The key is to stay true to who they are as baseball players, (they meaning the current Red Sox players), and play clean, fundamentally sound baseball. They might have to hit- n’- run, steal more bags or even lay down a sac bunt in order to move guys around the bases. Of course they’ll hit the long ball from time-to-time, but they need to focus on maintaining base runners and getting guys into scoring position.
Sox fans don’t worry! The 4 B’s are the future of the organization with a strong pitching rotation. There have been some good signs within the past couple games with putting up eleven runs and seventeen runs.
As long as they buy into the team atmosphere, understand who they are as baseball players and understand their identity as a baseball team, they’ll be just fine.
so, what does the future look like for Red Sox nation? Is there another World Series chance for them soon?
The answer? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
However, I will say this; if the Red Sox can stay healthy, stay consistent in their lineup and develop a strong bond with one another, they’ll be in playoff contention.
With that said, what does the era after Big Papi look like? It looks like a opportunity for more Red Sox success.