, Newburyport, MA


August 3, 2013

A year of promise and hope for Sox faithful

I had just finished with the sports section when Big Freddy showed up for our mid-morning get together.

“What’s up?” he asked.

“The Sox,” I said.

“They haven’t been down since the getgo,” Freddy said.

“They haven’t been this far up for too long,” I said. “Last year, this time, they were crashing into a bottomless pit.”

“That was the old Sox,” Freddy said. “These Sox have a new manager, new players...”

“Not all new players,” I said. “Pedroia, Ellsbury, Ortiz ... they’re almost in a league of their own, and we need them - Poppy probably most of all. I don’t think he should be bashing telephones with his bat because he’s frustrated over a bad call however, but ...

“Don’t knock it,” Freddy said. “Bad example for the kids? Sure. He explodes in the dugout over the really bad call and blows his stack. Why wouldn’t he? Hitting. It’s what he’s paid to do. Even the ump said the next day he’d blown the call.”

“If a rookie beats up on a telephone it doesn’t work. But a veteran hitter like Ortiz? It shows what really caring about what he does is about.

“Teams need a backbone, but a backbone needs a body, and last year’s team had a fatal disease,” Freddy said.

“Enough with the figures of speech,” I said. “This team doesn’t know quit. Two walkoff wins in a row, and eleven this far in the season? This keeps up it’s going to be one for the record books.”

“It already is, and it’s all about building character - team character. That’s all important, “ Freddy said. “You can have star players - in fact you need star players - but most of all you need a team.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts Broken Water Main Floods UCLA "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH)
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans