But the game calls for more than physical ability and alertness. The word “TEAM” is significant.
All sports have their stars – some seasoned, some promising. Last year’s Red Sox certainly had theirs. What they didn’t have was a TEAM sufficient to the need.
For reasons now fully apparent, there was no cohesion from about the middle of the season to its dreadful collapse.
My dad would have said, “Too many of them didn’t play TEAM ball.”
That was obvious Monday night. The Yankees were out of sync for a number of reasons that will surely be addressed.
The Red Sox weren’t. They were playing team ball splendidly, and that with more new faces than old in their lineup giving promise for what could lie ahead..
I don’t hear umpires calling “Play Ball!” loud enough to be heard by all before each game. They should because other games that may be going on between players and managers have no place other than the game itself, once said.
Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and a staff columnist.