Looking a lot like 2004 again in Boston

8/2/13 in MLB   |   NicholasJPenkala   |   3 respect

Jul 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY SportsPlayer wise only one thing remains the same when talking about the comparison between the 2004 Red Sox and this years team is David Ortiz.  Anybody who turned on ESPN during the fall of 2004 will never forgot the late game heroics that Ortiz had in the ALCS against the New York Yankees.  Fast forward to 2013 and the Red Sox are leading the league in walk off wins with eleven on the season.  This year it is not just Ortiz but, players like Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli stepping up in critical moments.

In 2004 pitching was hard to come by for the Sox (besides Curt Schilling 21-6).  It was just people stepping up at the right time in the right place.  Take Derek Lowe for example, in 2004 he was a 31 year old sinker ball pitcher coming off two of the best years of his career.  He went 14-12 with a almost 6.00 ERA, but when playoff time came around Lowe was almost untouchable.  This years Sox pithing staff rises to the occasion almost every time they take the mound.  No names like Junichi Tazawa is one of the best setup men in the league, or Koji Uehara who has a 1.46 ERA in only his first real MLB season.

That's what is different with this Red Sox team compared to last season.  Last season nobody was willing or able to be "the guy" to lead the team on and off the felid.  This team is looking a lot like the 2004 championship team, I can not wait for September to roll around to see what kind of magic theses guys can do.

 
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8/2/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

mcleodglen wrote:
Don't remember 2004

Nor I :)

8/2/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Don't remember 2004