Friday, June 3, 2016

Bob Lobel: The Red Sox Have Become Must-See TV

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

There is just no way to put into words what is happening with the local entry in the American league East. 

It is a constant reaction from the population that this team is “totally fun to watch.” A correct analysis, if somewhat vague. The fact behind that statement is simply, “we have never seen anything like this before."

Look at it this way: Where would they play Nomar?  Where is the best spot for Manny? Make them pitchers? You tell me.  

It's not poor grammar or bad spelling when you say “all Betts is on.” 

Or “feat of Clay, or "the Wright stuff," and on and on. 

Brock Holt (remember him?) better get back soon. Things that make you say  “hmmm.” This feels more like a test drive to me. This feels like something special, and pretty much unexpected. It’s a team with the most bizarre first names in the game. 

Hanley, Travis, Mookie, Rousney, Clay, Brock, Dustin, JBJ, Christian, Xander, Junichi, Koji, and on and on. Strange names and a strange, but remarkable, team. Notice the unbelievable number of opposite field hits. Notice, instead of the philosophy of taking pitches and running up the pitch count, they are first ball hitting, or at least swinging early in the count. 

If you see a strike, hit it. 

Thank you Chili Davis.    

And the defense has had more highlights in two months than you get in most years.  Everybody seems to be able to catch and throw besides hit. Where would Nomar play? Not here, I don't think. 

Hey, it's another level of baseball that we are just not used to at all. Ratings must be sky high. Ticket scarcity will follow soon, if not now. Happy to be here, we are.  For now, the force is really with us.

Oh, by the way, when it comes to names, let's go with "O David" instead of "David O."
And yes, not mentioned above but not unnoticed, speed and stolen bases. 

Take a bow and flip that bat. 

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