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ESPN Interview With Red Sox’s Baby-Face Baller, Rafael Devers

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Red Sox Third Basemen Rafael Devers Talks to ESPN’s Marly Rivera

In a recent issue of ESPN magazine, Marly Rivera sat down with Boston Red Sox rookie third baseman Rafael Devers shortly after  Devers MLB debut in July.

Rafael Devers collected 19 hits and four home runs in his first 15 games. The Dominican-Born, who signed with the Red Sox at age sixteen as an amateur free agent talks about joining the team he rooted for as a kid and his adjustment, to playing in the states.

How did you get started playing baseball?

I can’t even remember the first time I went to a stadium, but I have been playing baseball as long as I can remember. My dad played baseball, and he always brought me along to watch the games.  When practice was over, the parents would let us play.

Who was your favorite player as a kid?

Robinson Cano has always been my favorite player. I have always been impressed with the swing he has and how humble he looks on the field. But my favorite team was always Boston. I loved watching Manny Ramirez and Pedro Marinez when they were here. {You and me both kid}

How have you adapted to living in the United States and learning English?

My first year was difficult because I left all my family behind, even though I was only here half of the year. But after that, you start getting used to living here, and it helps that I talk to my mom and dad every day.

You were called up so young. Who has helped you the most to adapt to playing in the majors?

My dad. He’s always on top of me: “Rafael, you’ve achieved your goal, but now we’re going to try to fulfill your dream, which is to stay in the big leagues and be a superstar”

You must have heard you look like your 12 instead of 20. You look so young!

Yes, that’s why they gave me my nickname. They call me Carita{Baby-face} for that very reason. In my neighborhood when I played vitilla {baseballl with caps}, there was this guy who would always say, “Look at this one with that fresh face,” and from then on I was Carita.

Critics questioned how early you the Red Sox called you up. How ready did you feel to play in the big leagues?

Well, it’s the same baseball, but this is the top level. There is more pressure, but that’s something you can’t control. All I have to prove is that I am a player who is always ready to play. In the games I have played so far, in the first at-bat, in the first inning, I felt a little nervous, but afterward, I feel confident.

In the short time you have been in the majors, has there been a moment when you’ve said to yourself, ” I can’t believe that so-and-so  is there”?

The day we played in Seattle and I saw Robinson Cano. I saw him during batting practice, and they called me over and congratulated me on being called up. I said to myself, “Oh man, look at him right here.” He was with Jean Segura, Nelson Cruz. They were all there. I felt really happy about that. I said to myself, “I watched them on television, and now I can see them here.”

Small Town Boy from Oklahoma, I grew up writing poetry and short stories from an early age. Moved up North in later years and love my Red Sox and Celtics.
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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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