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Jonny Gomes congratulates Ortiz on scoring a run
Make no mistake, this is not the same team that lost 93 games last season. While many players remain from that horrid year, the team itself bears absolutely no resemblance to Bobby Valentine’s Red Sox.
As Boston fans are all too well aware of by now, having quality player chemistry is just as important to success as having quality players.
With that in mind, Boston’s front office struck a huge deal to remove the arrogant, overpaid likes of Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez, replacing them with affordable team-oriented players like Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino. Other new additions like Jonny Gomes and David Ross are also well known for their humorous and supportive attitude in the clubhouse.
While it’s nearly impossible to quantify, there is a different mood about the Red Sox these days.
The fresh atmosphere can be described in many ways. Some may call it a newfound drive to win. Others, a more focused approach brought on by new management.
However, the most important perspective on this year’s Red Sox is simple: They’re having fun enjoying the game of baseball.
After nearly every clutch his this year, the player who scored the hit can be seen smiling and flexing their biceps enthusiastically in the direction of the dugout. This gesture, first performed by Napoli, is just one example of the fun, reinvigorated brand of baseball being played in Boston. And it seems that one of the by-products of a baseball team having fun is winning.
While it may a stretch to say this new clubhouse is reminiscent of the Kevin Millar-led group that took Boston all the way in 2004, they certainly have a cool and enthusiastic attitude on the field that has played a major role in helping them rack up the Ws this year.
Play on, Boston. Play on.