Reflections of 2013, Boston Strong

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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.

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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 181385308[1]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?

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History In the Making – The Boston Red Sox, 2013

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The Red Sox, this month are unstoppable. With the 20-4 massacre at Fenway against the Tigers and the extra inning 12-8 defeat at Yankees Stadium you could say, they got game. Things have been happening. Things are happening. In light of the 2011-2012 seasons the Red Sox are back and they are not letting up.  They are on a mission to make history whenever and wherever possible. Could it be the most eventful comeback in baseball history? What would the world (and all those season’s ticket holders of previous years who gave up their tickets, devastated by the 2012 loss) think if that were the case? Now, that would be devastation. Not only, but so much has happened leading up to this month.  The beloved David Ortiz recently achieved his 2,000th career hit the night the Red Sox pummeled the Tigers in a record-breaking 20 run game.  Daniel Nava, in his stellar performances at bat has proven he’s no rookie this season and has appeared on base 39 consecutive times (this hasn’t been done since 1977), and Clay Buchholtz and his wife just had a baby girl. Okay so it’s not necessarily history but congratulations Clay!

This is a lot different than the 2011-2012 seasons, “making history” for the Boston Red Sox. Instead of being the worst in history, our team is making the best in history. This is the kind of history we love to hear about and praise as diehard Sox fans. Who knew this year was going to be such a success when it came to the Boston Red Sox? Although I had faith and still have faith in my team there are those amongst the crowd of Bostonians who believe, to this day, (September or not) the Sox still have room to fail and not make it.  That’s blasphemy in my opinion.  They’re too strong of a team to all of a sudden pummel and lose their footing last minute.  The tables have turned and teams are now being threatened by the Red Sox’ ability to perform under any circumstance and September has proved just how strong they are.

Looking back on the season, there are a lot of great memories and moments that have kept the team alive; first and foremost, the hiring of manager John Farrell. (He deserves a round of applause). What about the Boston Marathon bombings and David Ortiz’ speech their first game back? Then there was Lackey’s biceps strain and Middlebrooks’ demotion.  Did we forget about the most talked up rookie in baseball, Jackey Bradley Jr.? Who can forget about Ortiz’ outrage and Dempster’s suspension? When all is said and done, the Boston Red Sox have pulled through and that, my friends, is what makes this team so cohesive and able to go the distance.

We (the Boston Red Sox) truly are the champions.