During the 2012 season, Boston Red Sox fans around the world became disgusted with the play of the team on the field and how they carried themselves off the field. In 2013, things seem to be different and fans have no reason not to cheer for their team.
The Red Sox are set to make their debut at Fenway Park for the home opener on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles. Coming into Monday, they have gone 4-2 in the team’s first six games after taking two games against the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays apiece.
Of course it is only the first week of the season, but this Red Sox team is already different than what fans have seen in Boston since the 2010 season. The horrible finish in 2011 and the awful 2012 season seem to be a thing of the past. This team is here to play baseball and leave all the drama behind them.
In previous offseasons, the Red Sox added $100 million players with extremely long contracts. However, this past offseason they added character players with smaller contracts in the hopes they would improve the perception and play of the team. It has seemed to have worked, as the Red Sox are winning and they are fun to watch.
Some injuries have made Red Sox fans sad, such as David Ortiz and Stephen Drew being out for the beginning of the season. However, the injuries have led to the promotion of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jose Iglesias to the big league roster.
The two prospects have played outstanding baseball. Bradley Jr. has only four hits in 21 at-bats, but is patient at the plate and has drawn five walks. Additionally, he has batted in three runs and scored four himself.
Iglesias is the best hitting player on the Red Sox in 2013, yes, you heard that right. In five games, the shortstop has nine hits in 17 at-bats. His nine hits puts him in a tie with Jacoby Ellsbury for most on the team, and Ellsbury has played one more game than Iglesias. The shortstop prospect is tied for 17th in MLB in hits.
First pitch at Fenway Park for the team’s home opener is set for 2:05 pm ET, and Clay Buchholz will get the ball. This Red Sox team is worth watching and has worked its way back into the hearts of Red Sox Nation.