(Can’t) Wait ’til Next Year

As the final month of the season approaches, this first place Sox team gives us a sense of what’s to come, even as they look like they might be playing in October.  This is the first time (in a long time) that the late season has held interest for both what might happen this year as well as what might happen next year.  While the Sox throw out a guy like Jonathan Papelbon today, Craig Hansen later this week (if all goes well) and on September 1st bring in the likes of Manny Delcarmen, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, we think not just about the stretch run, but about what look to be dynamic seasons ahead, fueled by young power arms and athletic position players with potential.  Whatever happens this year, we can already begin to see the makings of a formidable young pitching staff, and for that we are glad Theo held onto his best talent at the deadline.  Yankees fans surely understand what we must be anticipating, as they watch some of their indispensable homegrowners of the late ’90s juggernaut fade off into tooth-numbing jazz-fusion careers.  Big budgets breed the potential for perennial contention, but nothing heats the soon-to-be-burning hot stove like a top prospect called up to contribute during a pennant race.  To fans in Boston (and to those of us displaced 200 miles to the southwest), this last month holds promise not just for the present, but for the future at Fenway. 

2 comments… add one
  • Very well said. I have been waiting since draft day (this and recent past ones) to see some of these faces. As much as I go to New Britian or Pawtucket whenever possible, there is nothing like seeing them with the club.
    There is something very soothing and almost proud to have guys that came through the system on the club, and you’re right, it’s a feeling that was taken away during the last managerial era; I’m glad it’s coming back, or at least has the potential to.

    brad-sf August 21, 2005, 10:01 pm
  • tooth-numbing jazz-fusion careers? best insult ever. i am floored.

    vinny August 22, 2005, 3:08 am

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