The best Red Sox shortstop on roster is……Pedroia!
Posted by athomeatfenway on March 6, 2014
I admit to being a pathetic Red Sox fan who had a difficult moment this morning.
Hartford Courant Sports Editor, Jeff Otterbein, gave us about 1200 words in today’s paper to describe the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry. He focused on 1978 to 2004.
I felt the dull twinge of 1978, the soul snuffing crush of 2003, and the overwhelming release of pain from 2004, all rushing to my brain in a teary surge.
I have this dead spot in my brain. Only the Red Sox exist within it. Inside this inner zone the sun is always shining, I am sitting behind the plate with my Mom and siblings and it is 1968. This place is my second childhood home.
I am incapable of having a team other than my Sox fill my primary fan allegiance. Sometimes I slip up in speech, meaning to say “UConn Huskies” and out comes “Red Sox”. Or I go for my home town or high school team with the same result. I have a Red Sox speech impediment. Truly.
A 57 year old should be moved by much more serious subjects than the NYY-Boston saga. But…..it’s very real for me. And there is no doubt that I am not alone in my vulnerability.
THERE IS HOPE AGAIN
As we count down the days until March 31, there is hope. Hope for a 4th title to salve a long & difficult fan history. There is hope that this team can win 97 games again.
Uehara is the biggest variable. If Koji cannot present a decent facsimile of his 2013 performance than the Sox are in trouble. He looks good at the moment.
I am not too worried about the starters or the middle relievers. The absence of Ellsbury stings but the defense will be good and the offense will be almost as good as last year, I expect.
It is concerning that Stephen Drew is gone. He cleaned up messes for every Sox starting pitcher all year. With SD gone, the best SS on the team is stationed (with 3 Gold Gloves) at second base. Mr. Pedroia, the high school and college shortstop, could adapt to the 6 position quickly. I expect he’d stun the baseball world at shortstop. But he’s too small. Too slow. His arm might not be strong enough. (A High School Q.B.) All the stuff they have been saying about him since he was 8. What bullshit.
Xander Boegarts could hit a lightening bug over the CF wall. He is an offensive dynamo with a laser quick bat. He’s also a lot better 3rd baseman than he is a SS.
Will Middlebrooks is a “7” with the glove at 3rd base. But he might hit 30 HR. That is why Stephen Drew is gone and Boegarts is at short.
Among the possible outcomes is that the left side of the infield blows a few games and the improved infield offense wins a few. In the balance of those games, they play .500 ball and fail to gain ground on an improved Yankee, Oriole or Ray team. Not to mention a Blue Jay team that should be healthier.
I hope Mr. Cherrington guesses correctly. I hope Middlebrooks stays healthy and fields his position adequately. I hope Boegarts gets better with the glove in a hurry.
I hope the Sox someday learn the value of a smooth fielding SS.
I am hoping. Again.
4 in my L-I-F-E-T-I-M-E.