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.