I used the “there is no I in Team” theme a week ago in regards to Odell Beckham Jr. and his selfish behavior. Today I figured I would recycle it in Team form. While there is no I in the 2018 Boston Red Sox, there is in the following words, which up until this point, have helped define their season:
Here is the team that won 108 regular season games after they won the American League pennant. Following their loss in Game 1 of the ALCS, Boston took four straight from the defending World Series champion Houston Astros.
I found a great quote from manager Alex Cora regarding his team/organization’s “chemistry” in this article by Shira Springer:
“If we are not on the same page I feel that this [record-setting season] doesn’t happen. And they see it. That’s the thing. The players, they like to be GMs. They like to be managers. They like to be owners of the team. They know what’s going on. If they feel that we’re not on the same page, they’ll talk about it and it’s not good for the environment. So, one thing I want to make sure is we’re in this together. When we talk about analytics or base running or medical staff, I want to make sure they know that the decisions that we make, they’re made as a group.”
While Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez seem to garner all of the media’s attention offensively, this has truly been a “team” effort. For instance, the Red Sox relentless lineup lead Major League Baseball in the following team categories: hits (1509), batting average (.268), on base % (.339), slugging % (.453), OPS (.792), RBI’s (829), etc.
Betts did lead the majors with a .346 batting average, and Martinez was second at .330. Martinez also led the bigs in runs batted in (130).
Over his eleven regular seasons in the major leagues, David Price owns a 143-75 record, and a 3.25 earned run average. The 2012 Cy Young Award winner has been a money pitcher over his teams first 162 games, however when the bright lights of the postseason roll around, it’s been a different story.
But, to the delight, and surprise of many in Red Sox Nation, he may have finally found his playoff pitching legs last Thursday. Prior to his outstanding 6 inning, 3 hit, 9 strikeout win in the ALCS clinching Game 5, the postseason Price was wrong. He carried a 2-9 record and 5.45 ERA to the mound with him in Houston. So, has he turned the corner? Was this a one-hit wonder? Inquiring minds want to know, and we shall see in Game 2 of the Fall Classic Wednesday night.
There are many other words with an I to include here like: incessant, important, dominant, consistent, persistent, etc., but I’m sorry, I have to finish the blog right here.
PS – should they win three more games, we can add champIons to the list.
And that is My 2 Sense.
Feature photo: WCVB-TV