Going into the 2017 MLB season, I think we knew that the Red Sox were going to miss David Ortiz. But I at least thought that his on-field production could be semi-replicated and help keep the offense among the best in the American League. Where I thought the Sox would struggle to replace Ortiz was in the leadership department. And that showed itself again on Tuesday night when I watched Rafael Devers, making his first career start, not have any veteran player sitting near him in the dugout.
Why was no one talking with the kid to make him feel more comfortable? In that individual game — and on the team as a whole?
I explained further in ‘Champlain Valley Game Night.’
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