11 Jul 2014
Now that that Red Sox have acknowledge their circumstances, I think it important that John Farrell and management do everything in their power to embrace the young players and build their confidence.
An example of not doing this came Tuesday. Jackie Bradley Jr. hasn’t hit to save his life this year but had, through Monday of this week, strung together a series of good at bats/games. Why in heck would Farrell then bench him on Tuesday and break that string? He came back to go 0-4 and then 1-3 in his next 2 games. You never know with 100% certainty if the benching had anything to do with it, but if a player is gaining in confidence, why sit him and introduce a shred of doubt? A small issue to be sure but an important one nevertheless.
Farrell obviously still wants to win and reinforce a winning attitude but he also needs to recognize the mentality of young players, especially a boatload of young players. Time to let these youngsters strikeout of their own and stop pinch hitting for Xander Bogaerts late in games, let players play who are riding hot streaks, do everything possible to show support for these kids.
Suddenly, watching the Red Sox has become fun again.