In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

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    In an otherwise thoroughly depressing year ...

    here are the things, in ranked order, that have given me great Sox-fan-joy:


     


     


     


    1. Big Papi - I have no interest in ranking him against Teddy Ballgame and Yaz.  But, seems like every week or so he is going into the Sox record books this year next to those guys.  What a year.  Average is down, sure, but pretty much inevitable given the black hole of an offense around him.  He is going 30+ and 100+ again - at the age of (Dominican) 38!  Wow.  To think, many balked at extending this legend.  Last year cemented his legacy.  This year cemented his first ballot Cooperstown ticket (go ahead, argue if you like, but thats what it is folks).


     


     


     


    2. The kids (and not the ones we expected):  Night after night, Brock Holt has swung a John Henry (the myth, not the owner) hammer at the giant mountain of Journeyman Utility Guy label he has been stuck with, and he has busted right through it.  The only question now is where does he play next year.  Rubby De La Rosa, hereftofor a big question mark of talent but uncertain skill, is a bona fide rotation guy and his ceiling is still very high.  His development of a nasty change-up was a surprise and a promising sign for even more development.  And, Christian Vasquez - love him.  the D was heralded of course.  But his bat has been a nice surprise.  Gap power, nice swing, not afraid of pressure moments -a major league hitter to go with the all world catching.  Yadier-lite.  And to think, he might not even be the best C on the roster next year.  


     


     


     


    3. Pedey - yeah, I know, the power is out.  But, just anecdotal, subjective evidence here, but, I swear he is playing the best second base of his stellar defensive career.  Seems like nightly he is making highlight plays.  Its just routine now.  We don't even notice.


     


     


     


    4. Jackie Bradley Jr. in center.  yeah, kid would likely whiff against this Mo'one girl in Williamsport.  But, I have truly loved watching him play centerfield.  Best I have seen out there since Freddy Lynn.  I really hope he can get a semblance of a swing together with some winterball.  I want to see him for years to come patrolling CF.


     


     


     


     


     



     
     
     
     
     

     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

    Here are my treats:

    1. Big Papi hitting HRs, but hitting many that were game changers or helped the team win several of the few games that they have won. 

    2. Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley making circus catches.

    3. Watching Jon Lester at the top of his game, and enjoying Koji as closer.

    Thank you for playing. 

     

     
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    Agree Space, although I think Jackie may be better than Fred.

     
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    i think JBJ may be the best defensive CFer since say hey.

    other names i have posted under:  none

     
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    3. Watching Jon Lester at the top of his game, and enjoying Koji as closer.

    Agreed. I was going to add these two to Space's fine list.

    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

     
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    -Yankees stink too.

    -Looking forward to watching Lester in the playoffs.

     
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    Nice adds y'all.  I would have put Lester on the list too, but the trauma and pain is still too raw.

         
     
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    I remember one game I watched at a bar and got really drunk. That was kind of fun.

     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

    In response to Bill-806's comment:

    Actually,  I will give PAPI his due......38 going on 44, having one heck of a year..... Just wish he could run !!



    With your kind of compliments, who needs insults?

     

     
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    In response to Bill-806's comment:

    Actually,  I will give PAPI his due......38 going on 44, having one heck of a year..... Just wish he could run !!




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    I know, his triples are way down this year.

     
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    Nice post Space.  I concur with your points and also those that have been added by other posters.  Even when the team is not doing well, as a baseball fan, there are always things that you can enjoy and appreciate in any baseball game.

    On Vazquez, I will always take great defense, in particular, great handling of a pitching staff, over offense in a catcher.  So far the work behind the plate comes as advertised.

    I've read posts where some have speculated that Vazquez might be packaged in a trade this offseason since Swihart is supposedly a better overall catcher.  That may be the case, but I will be very disappointed if Vazquez gets traded.

     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

    In response to Bill-806's comment:

    Actually,  I will give PAPI his due......38 going on 44, having one heck of a year..... Just wish he could run !!



    I'm down to my last warning, so I'll just say you only need one exclamation mark.

     
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    In response to dannycater's comment:

    1. Big Papi hitting HRs, but hitting many that were game changers or helped the team win several of the few games that they have won. 




    Way to get in that plug for HRs winning games Danny.   ;-)

     

     
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    Depressing year is right.

     
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    And the continuing fairy tale career of Daniel Nava. He looked as good as done early in the season and has steadily raised his batting average since his return. This guy is an inspiration for us all. 

     
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    In response to devildavid's comment:

    And the continuing fairy tale career of Daniel Nava. He looked as good as done early in the season and has steadily raised his batting average since his return. This guy is an inspiration for us all. 




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    DD, yes!  You just can't keep this guy down.  

     
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    For me the absolute highlight of this season has been Brock Hold. JBJ is my sentimental favorite and I hope he works out the hitting thing and gets back up to the majors...but Brock Holt? This guy just does it all and is fun to watch. #Brockstar

    "It is not down in any map...trueplaces never are...." ( Melville)

     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

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    -Yankees stink too.


     


    any port in a storm huh Nut? 


     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

    In response to devildavid's comment:

    And the continuing fairy tale career of Daniel Nava. He looked as good as done early in the season and has steadily raised his batting average since his return. This guy is an inspiration for us all. 



    Defensively, he spells desperation.

     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

    In response to BogieAt12oclock's comment:

    Defensively, he spells desperation.




    Nava actually has good defensive numbers this season in both left and right fields.

     

     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

    In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:

    Nice post Space.  I concur with your points and also those that have been added by other posters.  Even when the team is not doing well, as a baseball fan, there are always things that you can enjoy and appreciate in any baseball game.

    On Vazquez, I will always take great defense, in particular, great handling of a pitching staff, over offense in a catcher.  So far the work behind the plate comes as advertised.

    I've read posts where some have speculated that Vazquez might be packaged in a trade this offseason since Swihart is supposedly a better overall catcher.  That may be the case, but I will be very disappointed if Vazquez gets traded.



    Same here. I like watching Vazquez play.

     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

    In response to RedSoxKimmi's comment:

    In response to BogieAt12oclock's comment:

    Defensively, he spells desperation.




    Nava actually has good defensive numbers this season in both left and right fields.

     



    Nava definitely catches the balls he can get to. "He can get to" is the key part of that statement.

     
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    Re: In an otherwise throuroughly depressing year ...

    In response to BogieAt12oclock's comment:

    Nava definitely catches the balls he can get to. "He can get to" is the key part of that statement.




    No, you must be thinking of Jeter.

    Nava has a RngR of 6.2 runs above average in right field.  RngR of 0 in left field.  Nothing that spells desperation.

     

     
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