As the Red Sox clinched the American League East on September 20, 2013, there is a low murmur throughout New England.The Sox went from a lowly last place in 2012 to stand tall in their division and take first place. In fact, they have dominated that spot since the start of the season.
This year’s Red Sox team are a joy to watch. On any given night, in any given inning a different player will hit a home run into the seats on top of the “Green Monster” or into the bleacher seats. This team is a true pleasure to observe and members of Red Sox Nation throughout the country realize this fact. According to statistics of the Boston Red Sox, the Sox ended the 2011 season in third place. In 2012, they came in last, losing their final game of the season against the New York Yankees by a score of 14-2. Therefore, at the start of Spring Training in 2013, fans were skeptical at best wondering what would possibly transpire this year.
Good things were coming as soon as Red Sox management hired former pitching coach John Farrell. Farrell was a fan favorite when he served with the Sox from 2007-2010 before becoming coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. Some Sox “favorites” returned to Fenway such as David “Big Papi” Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, John Lester and John Lackey. New players were added to the club with a few called up from Pawtucket. They came together and formed a cohesive unit playing together, playing for one another and thereby playing for Red Sox Nation. The 2013 Red Sox began to win virtually on a daily basis, eventually domineering first place. In fact, they have been in first place for over 145 days. Suddenly, there was hope. By the middle of the season, most Red Sox players had grown beards, which were welcomed by the Boston fans.
As September slowly crept by, the home runs dominated the game just as the beards dominated the scene in the dugout. The home runs were coming frequently and are almost a part of every game. In fact, they have tied a franchise record with eight grand slams this year. A few years ago, the Red Sox closer was Jonathan Paplebon, who was well admired by Sox fans and feared by players on other teams. This year, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has quickly become a household name. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Uehara currently has an ERA of 1.12 with 72.1 innings pitched and 99 strikeouts.
The game on Friday, September 20, 2013, ended with a Red Sox win. The final score was Red Sox 6 and Toronto 3. The murmuring is getting a little louder in New England as the Red Sox can relax for one night and celebrate before moving on to their next game. Is it possible this is their year? Ask any Boston fan and he/she will tell you, yes, we can feel the magic in the air. Get the Duck Boats ready!