25 MEN – 25 CABS, NOT THIS YEARS GROUP
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.
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.