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RED SOX STEW

25 MEN – 25 CABS, NOT THIS YEARS GROUP

Definition Team:

1. a group of people organized to work together 2. (General Sporting Terms) a group of players forming one of the sides in a sporting contest

3. 2013 Boston Red Sox

Alright, I confess.  #3 wasn’t in the dictionary, but it should have been.  This years Red Sox epitomize what a “TEAM” can do when everyone is working together. There was not one player on the roster that dragged this team down.  It was a close to perfect stew!.

THE STEW IS CREATED

Most of the ingredients in this concoction were gathered by Ben Charrington (MLB Executive of the year?).  Once that happened, John Farrell (AL Manager of the year?) was able to blend, season and prepare the stew, letting it simmer to perfection.

A FEW EARLY FLAWS IN THE RECIPE

There were a few items that originally didn’t seem to be blending in (Will Middlebrooks/Stephen Drew), but after some solid nurturing, they quickly fit in where they were supposed to.  During their absence a “miracle” broth named Jose Iglesias kept the stew brewing,  Pedro Ceriaco tried his hardest to season the pot, but he was just a bit tasteless.

And then there were some things that were overstuffed (Felix Dubront) and had to be drained before reaching their potential.

Unfortunately, some of the ingredients went bad early (Andrew Bailey/Joel Hanrahan/ Andrew Miller), and couldn’t be used.  But, “lo and behold,” there were different pieces (Koji Uehara/Junichi Tazawa/Craig Breslow) that were fresh and tasteful.

One of the opening day potables (Alfredo Aceves) just wasn’t ready to be part of the stew and was quickly put in the garbage disposal.

BRUISED

As in any good stew, some pieces get damaged (Clay Buchholz/David Ross/Jacoby Ellsbury) and others have to step in (Jake Peavy/Ryan Lavarnway/Jackie Bradley Jr) until they are ready.  Some took longer than others, but ultimately they were all repaired and ripe enough to add to the flavor.

TASTY OLD STAND-BYS

Any stew needs standard items (David Ortiz/Dustin Pedroia/Jon Lester) that have blended well in the past and continue to assure that any new pieces (Shane Victorino/Johnny Gomes/Ryan Dempster/Mike Napoli/Mike Carp) are allowed to blend in smoothly with other ingredients (Jarrod Saltalamachia/Daniel Nava) that have ripened over the past months.

SOUR TO SWEET

Things that had been sour in the past (John Lackey) were sweetened with a little sugar and suddenly added an alluring aroma that had been missing.

ALLOWING TO BREATHE

It is important that the chef’s assistants…

Greg Colbrunn Hitting Coach
57 Victor Rodriguez Assistant Hitting Coach
47 Juan Nieves Pitching Coach
43 Arnie Beyeler First Base Coach
13 Brian Butterfield Third Base Coach
17 Torey Lovullo Bench Coach
58 Dana LeVangie Bullpen Coach

…add to the blending of all the ingredients, being sure the freshness and quality is allowed to breathe.

THE FINAL PRODUCT

When the stew (Red Sox) was ready, it became the tastiest, most flavorful and easiest to digest meal in the entire café (MLB)

Congratulations to the dramatically different Boston Red Sox!!!!  Anything after this is cream in the coffee.

THANKS from Red Sox Nation for giving us a year that we never expected.

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About Bob Snowdon

SportsLink TV round table moderator in VT 2000-2004 Play-By-Play Baseball/Football/Basketball Oldies DJ at Magic 98.5 in Columbia, SC 2008-2011 Diehard Boston Sports Fan Veteran, Cancer survivor. Now living in Fl.

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