|Yankee fans: "Seven in the seventh should be followed by eight in |
the eighth." Red Sox fans: "@!#$%*&~@!!"
The Sox are virtually certain to snap out of this--we're still anticipating a very lively fight for the second AL wild card slot centered around teams in the East--and their trip to Minnesota, where the Twins are not showing signs of bouncing back from a sub-par 2011, may just be the turning point.
In the midst of another sluggish start, one member of the Red Sox has his pedal near the metal--and that would be David Ortiz. Thus far this month, it's been a surreal return to his pre-Sox days, before he added the "uplift" that pushed his HR totals into rarefied territory.
|Yes, Big Papi has been carrying the Red Sox' heavily-freighted|
load thus far in 2012. (Note: no chicken...)
[UPDATE 2: He's now hitting .538 over the past nine and a half games.]
Now we wish that some player would actually hit .400 again, if only to make those who've (with good reason) concluded that such an occurrence would be analogous to the Second Coming have to think twice (despite Bob Dylan's assertion to the contrary).
And we know that if anyone ever does, it won't be Ortiz. Of all the hitters with a number of seasons with OPS+ readings above 150 (he has four, including last year's 154, which might surprise a few of you...), he has the unlikeliest skill set.
Which, again, is why the idea is so appealing...
Let's just conclude by noting that with several of their personnel decisions from 2011-12 currently leaving a bad taste, the Sox and their fans can and should be glad to conclude that bringing back Big Papi was a very good idea indeed.