The Weekly Wrap Up And Truck Day

Another week has gone by in Red Sox Nation, and the pot is slowly turning. Also, the day Red Sox Nation looks forward to is almost here. Truck Day, Fenway Park’s yearly event kicks off tomorrow, as they get ready for Spring Training. The Red Sox brought back Mitch Moreland for his fourth season in Boston this past week, while Brock Holt still is a free agent. The Red Sox are also still looking for a new manager following the Alex Cora resignation.

The rumors of Mookie Betts being traded intensified this past week. Teams like the Padrestruck day and Dodgers were mentioned on more than one occasion, but so far, Mookie is still in Boston. It was reported that the Red Sox offered him a ten year contract, whereas Betts wants a twelve year one. With Betts hitting free agency after this season, only time can tell what will happen. But first, Truck Day.

Truck Day 2020 Is One Day Away

Like every year since 2003, the Red Sox will be celebrating Truck Day. The day in which the truck is loaded up with equipment to head to Fort Myers for Spring Training. The Red Sox stated on Friday that the Truck Day festivities will begin around 7am, and end around 12pm. While many may not understand Truck Day, for Red Sox fans, it’s the unofficial start to the baseball season.

Like in years past, Wally and Tessie will be around to take pictures with fans, and be accompanied by the Fenway Ambassadors. Fans also will most likely be able to sign the truck, which will provide great reading material to those who will drive alongside it. The truck, which will contain 20,400 baseballs, 1,100 bats, 20 cases of gum, and other equipment, will be making a stop at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket on Monday afternoon after departing Fenway.

Red Sox Bring Back Moreland

A Red Sox reunion occurred this past week. First baseman Mitch Moreland will be back with the Red Sox for his fourth season. Moreland agreed to a one year deal worth $3 million, and it comes with a club option for 2021. The veteran stated in an interview that Boston feels like home. One thing that the Red Sox look forward to is seeing him become a mentor to Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec.

The 34 year old will be entering his 11th MLB Season in 2020. His first seven were with the Texas Rangers before he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2017 season. This past season, he was only limited to 91 games, in which he batted .252 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI’s.

Where Will Mookie Land?

Or will he stay? That’s been the ongoing conversation that will never end. The Red Sox and Betts agreed to a one year $27 million deal to avoid arbitration a few weeks ago. However, the notion that he will test free agency after the 2021 season. Many speculate that he is going to want a contract similar to Mike Trout and Nolan Arenado, who both signed huge contract extensions last offseason to stay with the Angels and Rockies respectively.

It was reported that the Red Sox offered Betts a 10 year $300 million contract after last season. However, Betts stated that he was looking for a 12 year $420 million dollar contract. Since then, neither side has spoken about contract extensions. This week, it was also reported that the San Diego Padres were looking to make a deal for Betts, as were the Los Angeles Dodgers. Those rumors, including one that involves all three teams, are just rumors at the moment. Going into the 2020 season, Mookie Betts is still Boston’s right fielder.

Top 5 Red Sox Books to Read this Winter

The offseason can be a difficult grind, but I always pass the time by reading good books, especially about baseball, a sport with an unrivalled literary footprint. In particular, the Red Sox have arguably been the focus of more quality books than any other sports team in the world. Therefore, I present five recommendations for your winter reading list.Red Sox books

 

1) Faithful
This classic by Stephen King and Stewart O’Nan is essentially a diary of the legendary 2004 season. This was the first book I simply couldn’t put down, and have re-read it five or six times through the years. Even today, the 2004 Red Sox are a captivating story, and this wonderful book grants you box seats to relive it all. Faithful is perfect for a lazy weekend in poor weather. You’ll breeze through the pages and never want it to end.

2) Feeding the Monster
For this opus, Seth Mnookin was granted unprecedented access to the Red Sox front office and ownership. He sat in on executive meetings and conducted exclusive interviews with key personnel. The result is an engrossing book that delves deep into the Red Sox’ philosophy, and delivers a behind-the-scenes look at how The Olde Towne Team morphed into a flagship juggernaut of North American sports.

3) It Was Never About the Babe
As every Red Sox fan knows, the team was long overshadowed by the Curse of the Bambino, a concept that went mainstream following Dan Shaughnessy’s eponymous book. However, while the curse mushroomed into pop culture ubiquity, it was of course totally fiction. The real reasons why Boston didn’t win a World Series for 86 years are documented in exquisite detail by Jerry Gutlon in It Was Never About the Babe, which cites cronyism, racial bias and a fear of modernization as chief rationale for the infamous drought. Riveting reading.

4) ’78: The Boston Red Sox, a Historic Game, and a Divided City
In this fascinating commentary, Bill Reynolds uses the 1978 one-game playoff between the Red Sox and Yankees as a prism through which to explore a complex era in Boston societal history. That summer, civil unrest over racial busing festered in Massachusetts, creating a unique context for one of the greatest games in sports history. Reynolds does a masterful job of explaining how the Red Sox are intrinsic to Boston culture, and how, in turn, that culture affects the beloved baseball team.

5) Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero
When it comes to Red Sox history, no player stands out more than the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame. He was, quite simply, the greatest player in franchise history, and we’ll be extremely lucky ever to see hit like again. In this definitive biography, Leigh Montville digs deep into the man and the myth; the hero and the human. Ted Williams was more than a Red Sox immortal, more than a baseball God. He was an American icon who served his country with distinction, and who created a compelling story at every turn. Retrace his complex life and immense legacy with this compelling biography, which includes everything you would ever need to know about The Kid.
Happy reading, folks. Not long until Truck Day.