October 28, 2018

Friends,

I’m writing this on Saturday, October 20th. The Sox just won the ALCS (American League Championship Series) on October 13th. Baseball has been described for years as the National Pastime. Personally, I think it is now second to “shopping” in this country. Like many of you, I was somewhat skeptical, even though the Sox set a team record with 108 wins. The Yankees series for the Division title was exciting, and the Sox won it in New York. They pulled off the same scenario by taking this 4 of 7 series in Houston. You have to love the chemistry among the team and coaching staff. I mentioned in an April bulletin that Mookie Betts was my favorite player, and he responded with an MVP year. We’ll have to wait and see if he wins that award.

People were on Dave Dombrowski for his lack of activity at the trading deadline and free agent signings, but the two players he brought on board mid-season have surely added to our excitement: Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce. I’ve always said that to the true Sox fan, every one of the 162 regular season games is like the World Series for us. I’m so typical of that mentality. It’s like a roller coaster ride, and this year we were riding high. I’m happy for David Price and Jackie Bradley, Jr., who struggled during the season, but are redeeming themselves as of now. What a pleasure it is to watch Chris Sale pitch. J.D. Martinez came even better than advertised. We arguably have the best defensive outfield in baseball, with the “Killer B’s”: Benintendi, Bradley, and Betts. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention and thank third basemen Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers, shortstop Xander Bogaerts; second basemen Brock Holt and Ian Kinsler and first baseman Mitch Moreland. Pitchers always give credit to their catcher, and we boast Sandy Leon and Christian Vasquez. I am aware of our other utility players and a strong pitching staff of starters, middle relievers, and our closer, Craig Kimbrel. He’s been a little unpredictable in the playoffs, but he’ll be back with a vengeance for the World Series.

All of this being said, the greatest pickup of the off season was our first-time manager, Alex Cora. How could you not love the guy? His positive approach to his players and his relationship with the media reminds me of my other favorite Red Sox manager, Terry Francona. Say what you will about professional athletes, but the bottom line is that every one of them is as human as you or I. Celebrity status can make us forget that. Whatever the outcome of this World Series, my hope is that every Sox player realizes the responsibility and privilege they have as role models.

Not much theology in my thoughts this week, but there is a lot of passion.
Go Sox!

Enjoy Life!
Fr. Coyne

 

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