Article written by Dylan McGuire Devine (5/22/21)
The Boston Red Sox have arguably been the biggest surprise in baseball this season. On paper their squad doesn’t look like a team that would be number one in the AL East, but that’s currently where they are standing at right now. At number one in the AL East, the Sox currently have a record of 28-18 and have won six of their last ten games. I have seen a lot of people say that the Red Sox success this season has been a fluke, but I strongly disagree. Sometimes in sports you have to admit that something special is going down. I truly believe this is a special team and something special is going down. They are not on the same level as they were a few years ago, but they are definitely a special group of guys that are hungry and ready to keep proving everyone wrong.
What makes this team so special? How are they on top of the AL East right now? They don’t give up. They could be down by five runs in the seventh inning and there is still a chance they could come back and win the game. Everyone on that team is hungry and willing to do whatever it takes to come out on top with a win. The other crazy thing is that when they are down and looking like they might lose the game, there always seems to be a different player that comes up clutch and is the hero of the game. It could be anyone from Verdugo, Martinez, Devers, Bogaerts, Dalbec, or even a not very known guy like Danny Santana as we saw last night.
J.D Martinez is having yet another fantastic year offensively and is a big part of Boston’s success. He is in fourth place for most home run’s so far this season (12). He is in second place for most RBI’s (37) (Rafael Devers is also in second place with the same amount of RBI’s). Martinez is also third in the league for most hits (57). Rafael Devers and Xander Boagerts are also playing great statistically. Bogaerts is currently in third place in the league for batting average (.345).
“We’re not supposed to be here,” said manager Alex Cora. “Not too many people thought we were going to be in first place probably at all this season. We just keep playing hard, keep playing good baseball, and keep moving on.”
There really is something special about this team. They continuously prove everyone wrong and outwork whatever team they are facing. It is time to stop questioning and doubting this team. They have the potential to go far this season. Let’s enjoy the ride.