Sure, the Pittsburgh Pirates making it to the postseason is a great story.
Maybe they can make it all the way to the World Series.
Return Pittsburgh to the glory days of a pre-steroids Barry Bonds. And Bobby Bonilla. And Andy Van Slyke.
But, it really doesn’t matter, because 2013 is the year of the Sox.
And not the White Sox.
I am talking about the Red Sox.
Boston will be celebrating come the end of October – or maybe even the start of November – with another World Series title.
They have everything.
Starting pitching, a talented bullpen, clutch hitter and, most importantly, David Ortiz.
“Big Papi” has seen his career take another turn – this time for the better – and he is playing like an MVP candidate.
Sure, he won’t receive the award because so many “purists” believe an MVP should play in the field and not just be a DH, but give Ortiz credit because he gutted out several games at first base….and actually looked quite fine in doing so.
This Red Sox team just seems to have it.
They’ve survived injuries to two closers, star leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury and shaky hitting by the likes of Will Middlebrooks, Stephen Drew and a left outfield position that has been given to several.
Jonny Gomes has been solid when called upon.
The decision to bring up hot-shot prospect Xander Bogaerts has provided another excellent defender and bat off the bench.
Oh, and how could I almost forget about the “Hawaiian Sensation,” Shane Victorino.
What looked like a complete bust through the first month or so has turned into Victorino being – in my mind- the MVP of the Red Sox.
Like I said, Ortiz has been a killer, and Dustin Pedroia has been his stead self.
But Victorino has been the key to a second half run that saw Boston clinch the American League East a week ago. Not a small feat when you consider the Yankees, Rays and Orioles have all had good years.
Remember, the AL East isn’t the National League West, Dodger fans. The Red Sox haven’t feasted upon the likes of the Diamondbacks, Padres and Giants this year; they’ve beaten up on the big boys of MLB.
That starting rotation came together once the hiring of John Farrell was made.
Farrell, the former pitching coach of the Red Sox when they were winning titles, has been the difference. Well, that and health – for the most part.
Clay Buchholz, who just recently suffered his first loss of the season, missed ample time with injury, but picked right back up.
Jon Lester has looked like the Jon Lester of old, mowing down hitters left and right.
Jake Peavy, all he has done since coming over from the White Sox has provided a third “Ace” for Farrell to use.
And don’t forget about Ryan Dempster, Felix Doubront an even John Lackey.
Between power arms, postseason experience and the need and desire to win, these Red Sox have it all – and it starts and ends with pitching.
Koji Uehara doesn’t allow base runners. Really, he just doesn’t allow them.
That being said, it is going to be a grind, but Boston will be BostonStrong and celebrating once again as kings of the baseball world.