It’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game. But that’s really not so bad these days. The strikeout, once something hitters did all they could to avoid, now has a degree of respect within baseball.
As the Red Sox prepare for Game 1 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night at Fenway Park, it’s with the knowledge they are going to strike out often.
The Sox set a franchise record with 1,308 strikeouts during the regular season and have whiffed 106 times in 10 postseason games.
But the Sox led the majors in scoring this season by wearing down opposing pitchers with long, patient at-bats. Strikeouts, hitting coach Greg Colbrunn explained, are a cost of doing business. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.