Opening Day in Major League Baseball is one of the most exciting days of the year. Adding to the wonder of the season opener was the rivalry of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees playing at Yankee Stadium.
The new-look Red Sox team was able to put up four runs on Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia over the first five innings and never looked back. The young prospects were the difference-maker, giving the Red Sox a 8-2 victory over their rivals.
When spring training began a little over a month ago, no one was expecting to hear the names of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jose Iglesias being called during the opening day broadcast. However, they were both a big part of the reason the Red Sox were able to come out with the win.
Iglesias has been known for his defense, not so much his offense, managed to get three hits, drive in a run and score a run during Monday’s game. The shortstop prospect is getting time in the starting lineup with Stephen Drew on the disabled list, due to a concussion he suffered during spring training.
The run Iglesias knocked in, happened to be highly touted Red Sox prospect Bradley. The outfield prospect was unable to get a hit during his major league debut, but was able to draw three walks, drive in a run and score two runs. Additionally, the 22-year-old ran down a Robinson Cano fly ball hit to left field and leap to make an outstanding catch to end the 4th inning.
The youth on the Red Sox roster is the future of this ball club. After the mega-trade during last season, it was evident the team was done paying big contracts for the time being and giving the youngsters a chance. If the tandem of Bradley and Iglesias can keep it up throughout the season, the Red Sox will have a chance to seriously compete in the AL East.
Jon Lester took the mound for the Red Sox as the opening day starter. After a rough 2012 season, Lester came out strong this spring and continued his strong play during the season opener. The left-hander gave up two runs over five innings with seven strikeouts and earned his first win of the season.
The Red Sox and Yankees will have Tuesday off, before getting back to the rivalry on Wednesday and Thursday.