While wandering eyes look for a free agent, there’s a stalwart right in front of us. Matt Barnes is the most reliable, time tested, experienced, and talented holdover whose time has come. Matt Barnes should be The Closer for the Red Sox.
Yesterday the New York Post's Joel Sherman detailed how much money Mookie Betts has turned down in recent years. Mookie then gave an interview to Red Sox reporters this morning detailing how he loves it here, but will be going to free agency instead of signing a long term deal. Cue the hang wringing all across Red Sox Nation. But the fact Mookie is going year to year for the next two years makes him the greatest value in the majors right now.
The LA Dodgers just dispatched the upstart Brewers and cashed their ticket to face the Red Sox in the 2018 World Series. Cue the grainy black and white photos of The Babe in a Red Sox uniform. Cue The Dropkick Murphys grinding rendition of Tessy. Cue fans using the Brooklyn Robins in barroom and water cooler talk and the million google searches for ‘Red Sox Dodgers world series’ landing on the 1916 World Series page on Wikipedia. Cue every old Brooklyn Dodger fan coming out of the woodwork and slightly less grainy photos and videos of Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese. Cue a mountain of content on the 1988 LA Dodgers World Series winners. Cue the Fever Pitch scene where the old guy counts off the string of Red Sox world series wins in 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918. Cue Dave Roberts making his fateful steal in the bottom of the 9th in game 4 against Mariano Rivera. Cue pictures of Alex Cora in an LA Dodgers uniform. The cue rating of this series is through the roof! It’s an old school, original 6 type of World Series that will be chock full of intrigue and potential controversy at the very least.
With a resounding thud all the doubting and putting down of the 2018 Red Sox has been pushed off the desks of commentators nationwide