Everyone in Red Sox Nation will remember were they where when Manager John Farrell announced that Rookie sensation Travis Shaw aka Mayor of Ding Dong City, would be the Opening Day third baseman for the Boston Red Sox.
It’s kind of hard to disagree with him, especially after the spring that Shaw had. This spring the Mayor has hit .333, 2 Home Runs, 10 RBI’s and an OPS of .886. Now for me, personally I’m a believer that spring stats don’t mean much in the sense of a preview of what’s to come. But, with that said I do believe that having a good spring CAN play you into the starting lineup, but in this case I think it’s because of something even bigger.
It’s no secret that Farrell is on the “hot seat”, so management HAS to put the best possible product on the field and that’s why we will all be seeing Shaw to open the season. Shaw came into camp hungry and ready to hit the ground running.
Who’s Hungry? Ding Dong City, is.
Sandoval came into camp hungry, hungry for snacks and the food spread and literally couldn’t hit the ground running even with his impressive 17% massive frame. So it’s almost a no-brainer to go with Shaw and see what he can give us in what could be the most important month of April in Farrell’s managerial career.
Do I think The Mayor of Ding Dong City will be the third baseman for the whole season? Hell No. Do I think this is only a temporary fix until Pablo can show some progression and improvement offensively and defensively? Yes. Shaw’s rise to the majors and his popularity in Boston is great to see for the game, but I’m not 100% ready to jump on the Shaw-mobile quite yet, especially when you have Sandoval and his “$17 million dollar salary and his 17% body fat” riding the pine to begin the season.
But for fun, lets say Sandoval doesn’t improve and just can’t cut the mustard and continues to be a bench guy going into June/July…
- Do the Sox trade him? Doubtful, unless they swallow their pride and eat up a good chunk of money.
- Do they release him? Very possible, but you’re still going to be on the hook for the remainder of his gut-sized $95 million dollar contract.
Bottom line, Red Sox Nation is ready for the Mayor to hit massive Ding Dong’s all around the league. But if he can’t we have to come to the realization that Pablo and his stash of Ding Dong Cakes will be waiting in the wings.