As Yogi Berra once said, ‘It’s Deja Vu all over again ‘ this time in Boston and it started on August 14 and continued through last night and for how long no one knows at this point.
This time around, Mookie Betts grabbed the wall, just after making another one of the most spectacular catches of the year, and kept himself from falling into the bullpen with the ball and robbed Chris Davis of his 41st home run.
This time around, Rich Hill, who as a reliever in the Sox system pitched a total of 37 innings in the Major Leagues between 2010 and 2012, has started three games, pitched 23 innings, struck out 30 batters and given up just three runs for a 1.17 ERA. By the way, the Sox won all three of the games he started, he got the win in two of them, including last night’s complete game, two hit shutout of the Orioles. In the game he didn’t get the win in, he went seven scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, and the Sox got two in the top of the ninth to win 2-0.
This time around, David Ortiz, who was hitting .231 with 15 homers before the All Star break and now is hitting .284 with 36 homers, had three doubles, three RBI’s and two runs scored in the 7-0 win.
This time around, Xander Bogaerts, who was hitting .304 at the All Star Break and is now hitting .325, had three more hits including a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
If you watched the Red Sox come off the field after Betts’ circus catch, Hill’s magnificent performance and Ortiz’s and Bogaerts’ heroics you saw a team made up of mostly young, extremely talented players who are having a hell of a time for themselves. Call it deja vu, call it chemistry, call it anything you want, whatever happened in Boston on August 14 was nothing less than magical .
Can they sustain it and carry this enthusiasm and success over to next year? Only time will tell but I’ll tell you one thing, even this Yankee Fan is excited about this team and, as they have said in Boston for years, I can’t ‘Wait Until Next Year.’