This is the microcosm for the 2019 season – Red Sox and Yankees. In the confines of the American League East, we have a cast for our season-long presentation. The good in our play is naturally the Red Sox and the villain tying the damsel to the railroad tracks is the Yankees. Pure baseball evil, but good and evil are essential. I think Shakespeare did something with it?
In our play we have the wayward son who is a total failure and now is in Baltimore. Another variant is now looking for youth treatments with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. A final is a spoiler who resides in a mausoleum in Florida. A veritable pest who enjoys taunting good and evil, but the only item that counts is will good once again sent evil to crushing despair?
Not this season. Chalk it up for evil. Division title to the Yankees, but baseball has second chances. Good can redeem itself and most certainly will. Characters can sometimes switch dramatic roles and it will happen in 2019 with Boston brushing aside a Wild Card opponent and moving on to another firm baseball spanking of the Yankees – a nice rhyme.
Why such optimism? The Red Sox pitching has a level of accomplishment and pride firmly developed in 2018. Topping the list is the rejuvenated Price who has tossed off the shackles of postseason failure and embraced success. Expect Price to firmly add his name to the exalted list of Red Sox successes. Staff leadership is important and Price will set the tone. This rotation will blossom most when it counts.