After being swept by the Washington Nationals over the weekend and losing two out of three games to Baltimore, the Friendly confines of Fenway have been anything but that. The Sox have posted a dismal 14-19 in front of the hometown Nation fans which if there are any hopes of this team being a winning team then this stat line needs to change drastically. The 37, 467 that attended yesterday’s 4-3 loss became a part of history as the “sellout” streak was extended to 745 games surpassing the Portland Trailblazers for the longest professional sellout streak in major professional sport history. Ironic right? No matter how this team performs people are still going to show up to the ballpark because the team has a cult-like following by its fans that is like no other in pro sports. With that being said, Bobby V and company need to figure out why they have better success when sleeping in hotel rooms, (15-12 on the road) then they do when their in their own beds.
Another important trend that continues to linger is the logjam rotation involving Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis and Will Middlebrooks. Since Youk’s return from the DL two and a half weeks ago, Bobby V has been forced to move Gonzo out to right field to allow the growth of Middlebrooks play develop at the major league level. This experiment has not exactly been an outstanding success or failure for that matter, but it’s a game that needs to come to an end in the near future for multiple reasons. Adrian Gonzalez has gained a lot of respect by willingly shifting to the outfield due to the lack of depth with all the injuries that have ripped through the starters, backups and even Pawtucket’s finest. The fact of the matter is Gonzo is not being paid $20 million dollars a year to guard Pesky’s pole. Middlebrooks has proved that he can hang with the big boys at the plate (.302Avg, 6HR, 22 RBI .517 SLG) and displays an above average ability to play the hot corner. Although GM Ben Cherrington had made a public statement recently saying moving Youkilis is not as imminent as some think, the vast majority of people that follow this team know that’s what needs to be done. I have always admired his talents in the last 8 years that he has been here as have many others, but due to his age and increasing amounts of injuries Youk has got to go. Management is without a doubt showcasing his talents to the National league during interleague play in hopes that they can receive the best return possible which is a smart move on their part. A move needs to be made way before the July 31st deadline because the team is going to start getting guys back slowly but surely which will create less spots on the active 25 man roster. Until then, an extra supply of batteries, music and chairs will be made readily available in the clubhouse to allow this game to continue for these three.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.