More than a feeling…
Is anyone else having a lot of fun watching the new incarnation of this Red Sox team?
The “feel good” atmosphere in the clubhouse certainly seems to have spread to the field, where the team seems to have a newly unified sense of urgency and dedication to each game. Not only that, but we’re winning games (so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice…)
I don’t think I’m alone in saying this, but I’m sold on Bay so far. He has definitely come as advertised (hustling around the bases, making GREAT defensive plays, and has a good deal of pop in his bat). Not to mention, he’s showing us things we’ve never seen before…
Photo credit: Cindy Loo/Boston Red Sox
And very quietly, amid all the trade/Bay hullabaloo, has been the emergence of Jed Lowrie. Not only is he coming through in some clutch situations, but he’s flashing the leather as well (Top 10 play for his work last night). He may not be the most glamorous player on the roster, but he’s getting the job done…and at the end of the day, isn’t that what’s most important to Sox fans??
We’ll see how we do tonight in Kansas City and then over the weekend against the White Sox, in what should be a pretty tough series, but so far, I’m really enjoying our post-trade games. It may not be the Ortiz-Ramirez show as we’ve had in the past, but you can count on each player 1-9 giving his all each day his name shows up in the lineup. And that’s what baseball should be all about.
In any event, here’s what’s putting dents in the Green Monster this week…
Well deserved kudos go out to Sox pitcher (ace??) Jon Lester, who was named the American League’s pitcher of the Month for July. Lester has been nothing short of stellar this year (10-3) (3.14 ERA). He’s picked up the team when they’ve needed it the most and shown some poise and confidence well beyond his years. Oh yeah, and lest we forget…he did throw a no-hitter.
Photo credit: Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox
And while not as young as Lester, there were some other dedicated baseball players here earlier this week. We hosted a reunion for the 80 players from our Red Sox Fantasy Camp here at Fenway Park. These men and women participated in the Fantasy Camp in February (in Florida), and then were invited to play 4-5 inning games here at Fenway this week. They were able to use the visitors clubhouse, both dugouts and bullpens. I feel like this is one of those things where not a lot of people realize this is something we do, because if they did, we’d get a lot more people participating. It truly is a one of a kind experience (being coached by Red Sox alumni down in Florida, living out your dream to see what it’s like to play for the Red Sox, use our facilities, and be treated like a Red Sox player). It really is pretty funny… I’ve seen some of these people at Fantasy Camp, and it’s like they’re 14 year old boys and girls again. The smiles are bursting from their faces as they forget about the blackberries, kids, bills, trips to Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond, etc. for a little while. Anyhow, if you or someone you know would be interested (makes a great gift) you can find out more here, or by calling 617-226-6400.
As for the mood in the office, I’d say the last homestand aged some of us quite a bit, but thankfully, this week has been much quieter. And with a quieter office and a plethora of Laffy Taffy kicking around the office, we’ve been having daily readings of the jokes from the Laffy Taffy wrappers. It’s a bit of a contest of sorts to see which member of the Front Office can figure out the answer first. Some of the jokes are good, some are a little bit of a stretch, and some are…well…just so dumb, they’re funny…but it’s been a fun way to break up the day. I’ve listed my favorite below for your enjoyment.
I’m going to try to start making a lot more blog entries as we head down the stretch, so be sure to check back often, and post comments! I love hearing from all of you. Or, of course, if you’re a bit more shy, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
All the best from inside the Front Office,
LAFFY TAFFY Joke of the Day: Why did the buffalo go to the bank?
(I’ll take guesses below, and I’ll post the answer in my next entry)