Thursday, July 10, 2014

Let's see what a 6-rookie Red Sox lineup can do...

Earlier in the week I started a blog under the working title of "New Red Sox Lineup."  The premise of it was that it's time to give up on the season, get rid of dead weight veterans, and start playing youngsters in preparation for next year.  The idea first began to creep into my head a few weeks ago:

But as bad as they looked, the Sox just weren't far enough out of the race to give up on.  When Boston's deficit in the division standings fell into double digits, I decided it was finally time.

Here's the draft I had saved, a lineup containing six rookies:

1. Holt LF
2. Bogaerts SS
3. Pedroia 2B
4. Ortiz DH
5. Napoli 1B
6. Betts RF
7. Cecchini 3B
8. Vazquez C
9. Bradley Jr. CF

Yesterday the Red Sox took another step down this road, cutting catcher A.J. Pierzynski and promoting Christian Vazquez from Pawtucket.  I sent out this tweet after Boston showed some signs of life in the 8th inning last night:

After the dramatic and improbable win NESN revealed this little nugget of information:

You may not believe this, but I actually remember that game from 1987.  The 10-year-old me was really excited about the crop of "future stars" the Sox had.

John Marzano hit two home runs that day, and Boston pounded the Ruben Sierra-Pete Incaviglia-Oddibe McDowell Rangers 12-2.  Eventual Red Sox Mike Stanley and Greg Harris also played in that game for Texas.  I watched it on the big screen TV in the lodge at Club Sandwich when my family was on vacation on Cape Cod.

And I guess Topps swung and missed on that Dodson pick...

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