3. Can the best gift Ortiz gets on his retirement tour be one last postseason run?
For four torturous months — from April to July — the Red Sox dragged their faithful through the latrine. Then, in August and September, they went 32-22 — a .593 clip — and restored hope for the coming season. Hypothetically speaking, if they’d played .593 ball over the whole season, they’d have finished first in the AL East with 96 wins.
Going out and signing David Price was a positive addition and clearly a move that signals the desire to win now. I’d think that pitching a significant number of his starts in Fenway will spell additional success. For his career at Fenway, Price is 6-1 with a 1.95 ERA, 0.946 WHIP in 74.0 innings pitched. Instilling even more confidence is the fact that Price’s average fastball velocity was humming at 94.54 mph as recently as September (according to Brooks Baseball).
That isn’t the total solution for the rotation, but it’s a fantastic start. Complement that with the sneaky acquisition of Carson Smith from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for shedding the weight called Wade Miley. With a number of questions in the bullpen, Smith should ultimately be useful for John Farrell. Then you have a young, versatile offense surrounding the Large Father and the 2016 version of the Red Sox already seems primed for a return to winning ways.
Also, will the Yankees allow Ortiz to re-bury his jersey in the concrete of New Yankee Stadium as a parting gift?