As I am sitting here on Christmas Eve with It’s A Wonderful Life playing in the background and looking forward to family coming over tomorrow, it came to my attention that this is a somewhat slow couple of days in terms of baseball news. The holidays gave me an idea about what I wanted to write about. These are some of my Christmas wishes that I want to give to some members of the 2014 Boston Red Sox.
To Jackie Bradley Jr., I wish that he has a solid year playing in center field and doesn’t feel the pressure of having to follow Jacoby Ellsbury. Eventually he might be the new leadoff hitter but let’s just settle for him feeling comfortable being a full-time Major Leaguer.
Mike Napoli, here is to hoping that the next two years are as comfortable as your first year in Boston. It is amazing how quickly and smoothly he adjusted to playing in a new city at a new position.
Koji Uehara, here is to a healthy 2014. He has had health issues in the past and becoming the closer may have taken a toll on him. He is going to be 39 during the beginning of the season and pitched a lot of innings during October. Hopefully, good conditioning will help him through 2014 and be just as dominating as he was this past year.
Junichi Tazawa, the wish I give to you is you have a free pass for never having to face the Toronto Blue Jays. They really had his number and you take out those numbers against the Blue Jays and he had a very solid season.
For David Ortiz, just keep on doing what you were doing in 2013. It seems like he has turned back the clock and is playing like someone five years younger.
Dustin Pedroia, how about a healthy thumb so you can go back to hitting with the authority that you have done all your career? It is still amazing how well he played defensively when he was injured all season long.
Finally, to the manager John Farrell I give the wish of hopefully this upcoming year will be as successful as 2013. Pretty impressive for one’s first year in Boston.
Well, those are some of my thoughts and wishes to the 2014 Red Sox. To everyone who reads these articles, Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. Can’t wait until the Hot Stove starts heating back up again.