The Boston Red Sox – Deserving World Series Champions.
Posted by admin on October 30, 2007
I would like to start out by saying that the Boston Red Sox are absolutely amazing. Before the World Series started I predicted that Rockies would be the eventual champs. I just didn’t think any team could overcome the sizzling streak that Rockies were riding into the World Series. Boy, was I wrong. The Red Sox showed the world that they have the type of team that is virtually unstoppable when it is playing to its full potential. So, kudos to the Red Sox players and coaches for a wonderful post-season.
That being said, I think that the real credit should go to Theo Epstein and the Red Sox management team. Why, you may ask? Well, take a look at the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox rosters and you will see what I am talking about. The starters in 2004 were Jason Varitek at catcher, Kevin Millar at first base, Mark Bellhorn at second base, Orlando Cabrera at shortstop, Bill Muellar at third base, Trot Nixon in right field, Johnny Damon in center field, Manny Ramirez in left field and David Ortiz as the DH. This rosterÂ was jam-packed with talent and experience. The youngest player was David Ortiz, who had already been in the league for 7 years. Also, aside from there being seasoned veterans, the 2004 Red Sox were pretty well prepared for the rigors of post-season baseball, having been their countless times before.
Compare that team to the 2007 Red Sox and you will find a striking difference. The 2007 starting lineup was as follows: Catching – Jason Varitek,Â First Base – Kevin Youkilis,Â Second Base – Dustin Pedroia, Shortstop – Julio Lugo, Third Base – Mike Lowell, Right Field – JD Drew, Center Field – Jacoby Ellsbury, Left Field – Manny Ramirez and the DH – David Ortiz. There are only 3 starters left from the 2004 season. When most teams change the entire outlook of their starting lineup, it is called a rebuilding period. So, seeing as how the Red Sox won a championship during their “rebuilding period,” you have to give credit where it is due – to the management. The way Theo Epstein and co. were able to keep their stars (Manny and Ortiz) happy while at the same time find and cultivate new talent is a credit to their management team.
So, as previously stated, the Red Sox had a greatÂ overall season, dominating the competition during both the regular season and post-season. But, the bigger accolades deserve to be given toÂ the Red SoxÂ front office for putting together a team worthyÂ and skilled enough to be crowned world champions.