Jul 11, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) turns a double play as New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) slides during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Now, to fully understand what the Red Sox Strut is, it means to have reason to walk with a confident, proud air around you. Some people mistake it for vanity, arrogance, or being pompous. This incorrect assumption is not what we mean. The Strut is about knowing that your deeds showed off your amazing skills to the baseball-loving public.
A short week with a five game run in which the Red Sox went 3-2. So on the offense who deserves a strut for the week?
Hanley Ramirez went 5-21 with a home run and three RBI. The home run was a momentum changer that gave Boston a lead against New York in an ultimate Red Sox win.
Alejandro De Aza, a previous strut winner, had a productive week with 5-14, two RBI and two steals – one of which led directly to an important run against New York. In addition, De Aza played his typical competent defense.
Mookie Betts did hit for the cycle – just not in the same game and finished the week 4-21. Betts total included his 22nd double, seventh triple and tenth home run.
Missing out on the All-Star team is a disappointment, but knowledgeable fans know the best shortstop In the AL resides in Boston. Xander Bogaerts continues to impress in all facets of the game and, once again, he demonstrated it in the five games played.
Bogaerts went 7-21 with six RBI and the big hit was a bases clearing single against the Marlins. Bogaerts is not new to strut and this is just another one this talented 22-year-old can have for fan recognition.