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A Fan Retrospective: David Ortiz’s Number Retirement Ceremony

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A Fan Retrospective: David Ortiz’s Number Retirement Ceremony

It was a warm and muggy night on [Friday] at Fenway where ‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz was having his Number Retired.  Out of the Dugout came several Red Sox Hall of Famers, to cheer on Big Papi.

The night was his as all of Boston showed their support with banners hanging in his honor; with his number on it.  Big Papi was throwing out the First Pitch but not before the unveiling of his Number on the Grand Stands.

Big Papi had a huge ovation.  His career with the Red Sox was nothing short of stellar.  Now, this is a guy who did amazing things for the Red Sox.  He was a clutch hitter and nothing defined him more than the Home Run.  He was one of those hitters who was dangerous anytime he got up to bat.

He could hit the ball all over the Field.  More importantly, he could drastically change the ball game.  His walk off Home Runs was memorable.  And they didn’t happen just once, but all the time!

If the Red Sox needed a hit Big Papi could deliver for them, he was automatic.  As a starting DH, he was the go to for the cleanup spot.  And boy did he scare opposing Pitchers in that spot!  Big Papi re-made the DH position.  He made it formidable, he made hitting versatile, he made it the most important position in the batting line-up.

Big hits were what he was famous for.  His 541 Career Home Runs is something to be astonished about.  Nearly every year of his 14 years with the Sox, he hit +30 Home Runs.  What his most memorable moments were: his walk-off Home Run against the New York Yankees in the 2004 Playoffs and his walk-off Home Run in the 2013 Playoffs at Fenway.

Aside from winning 3 World Series because of his performance, breaking the Red Sox Curse, his memorable speech after the Boston Marathon Bombing stands out.  He epitomized “Boston Strong” and was instrumental in the “Band of Bearded Brothers” 2013 Season.

When Dustin Pedroia came out of the Dugout and took the Mic to speak on behalf of the team, David Ortiz was tearing up.  You could see how much the team meant to him.  You could see how much his teammates meant to him.  If anything Big Papi was a team player.  He elevated the team’s performance and made all his teammates play better.

The team I think about the most where he clearly led, was the 2007 Red Sox Team.  He was coming off his most Home Runs season, with 54 HRs in 2006.  His .332 Batting Average in 2007 was tops as he made the team better.  His performance led them to win the World Series that year and for me, that was one special year.

Congrats David Ortiz on a spectacular Red Sox Career!  We are sure we probably will never see a player quite like you.  You are a living legend and the best DH the game has ever seen, Cheers!  Woot, woot!

I’m a self published writer and illustrator. I follow Football, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, some Golf and some eSports.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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