Red Sox Strut: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, LHP Chris Sale

BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez
BOSTON, MA - JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez /
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The weekly article series where we examine two players who deserve to strut their stuff for the Boston Red Sox. This week – Dustin Pedroia, Chris Sale.

BOSTON, MA – JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – JULY 19: Hanley Ramirez (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

If you want 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.

The Boston Red Sox haven’t exactly come roaring out of the gate to begin the second half of the season.

It started with an eight-game homestand in which the Red Sox split a pair of series with the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. They now find themselves in the middle of their final west coast trip, which they began by dropping two out of three to the Los Angeles Angels over the weekend.

Boston remains at the top of the AL East, but their lead has started to dwindle. The standings show they have a 2.5 game lead over the Yankees, although New York is only one game back in the loss column.

The margin for error is slim, which means the Red Sox need to be firing on all cylinders as they enter the dog days of summer. Let’s take a look at some players who are thriving during the team’s stagnant stretch.