Reflecting on the 2013 season, the Boston Red Sox have a lot to be proud of. We, as fans, have a lot to be proud of. It was an enjoyable ride where passion and companionship took precedence over the actual game. With that said, it didn’t mean they put their careers on the back burner. Instead, it was quite the opposite. You see, I am a firm believer of the power of ‘positivity’. That is, if you have a positive attitude no matter what comes your way, the energy flows and allows you to move gracefully toward your goals. That is exactly what happened with the Sox this season. Let’s take a look at 2013. After all, it was their chemistry that brought them to postseason. Their chemistry and leadership, attitude on and off the field and their stamina.
As I look back at all of their accomplishments and even their failures – the Blockbuster Deal, John Lackey’s biceps strain, David Ortiz’ speech (given on any other day would have caused suspension), David Ortiz’ ill-fated Achilles tendon injury, José Iglesias’ demotion simply because Stephen Drew’s return, Koji Uehara’s impeccable performance as a 38-year old reliever, A-Rod’s appearance at Fenway, and so on and so forth – a tear comes to my eye. It was a journey alright. A journey that would lead a team once in shambles to a predicted victory in the World Series. Although a team at heart, who can forget about some of the most memorable moments directed at individual players? Yes, every one of them was an All-Star but who can forget about Jackie Bradley Jr.’s début in April, Mike Napoli’s consistent at-bats, Clay Bucholz’ accusation of firing spitballs when in fact it was rosin, Daniel Nava’s seemingly surreal performances on the offense and Jacoby Ellsbury’s consistent stolen bases. Who can forget about the many times the team pulled together when they were losing and fought to bring about an admirable win? It was in May, for instance, the Red Sox were playing the Indians. They were down 5-2 yet they fought with all their might, pulled together and ended up winning that night.
These are the days to remember, the moments that will last forever. These moments which have brought spirit and community into our city. Come Friday, October 4, I feel as if it’s going to be a very emotional day for everyone. Somewhat like April 20, when the Sox returned home from being away, after the manhunt, to capture Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsamaev in lieu of the Boston Marathon bombings, April 15.
Now that the playoffs have finally arrived, we need to do our job (as we have always done) to keep the rally going. Continue fighting for our beloved Red Sox and cheer them on until the end. Let’s see them to the World Series. I believe! Do you?