February 15, 2013

Speier: The Blueprint For The Next Great Red Sox Team

Just a retweet (of sorts) of a lengthy must-read article from WEEI's Alex Speier.
The Blueprint: Defining The Path To The "Next Great Red Sox Team"

Tuesday represents a sort of day of baseball renewal, the first official workout of the spring for pitchers and catchers. The guiding mission of the players who will take part in it and the organization they represent now is straightforward: Build the next great Red Sox team.

But what does that mean? What are the on-field implications of such a lofty ambition, and what was the process that led the team not only to establish that goal but also to define it?
Kevin Youkilis, February 14:
To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox and all the tradition, you look at all the stuff I have piled up at my house, to say I'd just throw it out the window, that's not true. I'll always be a Red Sock.
Kevin Youkilis, February 15:
I was talking about just the history of who I am. I went to (the University of Cincinnati), so I'm a Bearcat. I'm a White Sock for life and after this year, I'll be a Yankee for life. ... Chicago weakened me. I've got to watch what I say ... I'm excited to put on the pinstripes - the full pinstripes - and be a part of it.


mattymatty said...

It probably wasn't the right decision from a baseball standpoint, but I really do wish the Red Sox had tried to bring Youk back.

9casey said...

As a baseball decision, i think it would have been a great move. If he accepted a role as a backup corner infielder.

laura k said...

but I really do wish the Red Sox had tried to bring Youk back.

Me too. I rarely think that - I'm usually in the "better to get rid of them too early than too late" camp. But I would have kept Youk.