I don't remember the last time I enjoyed watching the Red Sox so much...in April. I'm not sure if it's the added drama of playing for the city of Boston after what happened on Patriots Day, but whatever it is, I hope this current level of play doesn't end anytime soon. It's not often us Sox fans get to say the team they live and die with has the best record in baseball.
When the season started and David Ortiz wasn't in the lineup...you probably wondered, like me, what kind of pop the Papi-less team would have. I was pleasantly surprised, but I still longed for the presence or Ortiz—his veteran leadership, his never-ending smile and his strong love for the city for which he plays.
Since his return on April 20th, the Sox have won six games, including a weekend sweep of the Houston Astros. And Big Papi has made quite a splash—from his profane but heartfelt declaration to would-be terrorists of whose city Boston is, to sparking this team with not only his presence, but also his bat. Prior to the start of today's game, Ortiz was batting .519 in 27 at-bats, with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 9 RBI—his OPS is a ridiculous 1.422.
Yeah, yeah... I know it will be impossible for him to keep up this kind of pace, but DAMN, isn't it fun to watch even if it's only just for right now?