Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Lincoln knew the importance of preparing for a job well done.
The Red Sox have played their first six games, and are definitely trying their hardest to prepare for a good season. The Sox have shown promise in the first several games, but they also, as anticipated, have room for improvement. The team is 3-3 (.500) this season. They are currently third in the American League East behind the Orioles and Yankees respectively. Is it too early to make projections for the season? Probably.
David Ortiz is off to a good start. Papi hit two home runs with 5 RBIs so far this season and is looking strong as ever. David started the game with a tear hanging in his eye after his 16-year-old daughter, Alex, surprised him by singing the national anthem at today’s home opener. Papi explained:
It wasn’t even about me. It was about her. Whoever has kids knows how that goes, when you’re watching your kid perform in anything. That was like my first big moment watching one of my children just doing something pretty big. Now I understand my dad and my mom and my family when they used to watch me. They all used to be very nervous. Now I get it. It was unbelievable. She came through.
David Ortiz is not the only David with Promise. David Price had an impressive start opening day, striking out 10 Cleveland Indians in just six innings. However his home opener this afternoon was rather shaky giving up 5 runs in 5 innings pitched. Perhaps the Boston fans will take some getting used to!
Mookie Betts and Brock Holt have been on fire this season. Their sharp defense and clutch hitting has been carrying the team. I am projecting right now that Betts and Holt will be all-stars this season if they can stay healthy and take whatever the season throws at them.
Pablo Sandoval on the other hand is off to a rocky start. The third baseman lost his starting position to Travis Shaw after a disappointing Spring Training. Panda has struck out 4 times in 6 at-bats this season and has yet to get a hit. Which is why Sandoval got a not-so-warm welcome at Fenway this afternoon. There were boos mixed in with cheers when his name was announced during the opening lineup. The Fenway faithful are not known for sugar-coating poor performances!
This season is off to a rather interesting start. There is plenty to improve upon but there is lots for the team to work with. The Sox could learn a lesson from Lincoln and spend some time preparing for the season ahead. But just how long is the management willing to wait for winning results? Dave Dombrowski, Red Sox President of Baseball Operations, explained:
I remember Sparky Anderson always used to say a quarter of the season, 40 games into it [was enough to form an evaluation]. That’s always seemed like a logical measuring stick. But I can’t say you wait for 40 games to totally evaluate everything.
Is 40 games enough time for the Red Sox to get where they want to be? I think so. They have young blood, veteran character, and a fanbase like no other. It will be interesting to see how this season pans out! #thesoxsweetheart