The debate of playing Grady Sizemore or not will go on and on throughout the entire 2014 season. Injuries and more injuries have plagued the talented 31-year-old outfielder his entire career. Yet, the Boston Red Sox decided to take a gamble and see if this would pan out.
Despite some early struggles, the Red Sox seem as if they made the correct move. The fans however, might disagree. The first nine games of the season made the Red Sox front office look like modern day Einsteins. Sizemore was hitting .333 and having a fantastic series against our hated rivals, the New York Yankees. In the series, Sizemore hit a three run home run to go along with three other hits in the series. Red Sox Nation couldn’t have been happier with their new outfielder.
Once that game came to a close, so did the patience of the fans. Sizemore finds himself in a 12-61 slump, good for a .196 average. Red Sox fans seem to be calling to the masses and saying, “Off with his head!” Well, maybe that’s a bit much, but the patience or lack of truly makes me shake my head.
What fans don’t understand is, we have an extremely talented outfielder who is playing in the majors, injury-free, for the first time in three years. Give the man a chance. This is someone who back in his “prime” (if he isn’t in it now) was belting over 25 home runs a year and knocking in 85-90 runs.
The Red Sox find themselves with a weak outfield in 2014. Jonny Gomes, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Shane Victorino aren’t names that really scare you in a lineup. With all the potential Sizemore has, I’m more than happy to give him all the time he needs to right the ship once again.
Fans always complain about how much MLB players make these days and how their production doesn’t match the dollars. Well my friends, Sizemore is due to make $750,000 guaranteed. He can make up to $5 million if he reaches incentives. I say that’s quite a bargain in this day and age.
When the 2014 season comes to a close and Sizemore ends up with 20 home runs and 85 RBIs, making only $5 million, sit back and admire the moves of the Red Sox front office. Or you can laugh at the Yankees, as they just paid for that same production for Carlos Beltran at the price tag of $15 million.