In the spirit of the holidays …
It’s that time of year. Time for some nice, light, easy reading.
So here it is. If there was a Red Sox Santa Claus, here would be some of the items on his shopping list:
For Terry Francona: A somewhat accomplished closer. Otherwise, he’ll have to double his Tums supply.
For Curt Schilling: A healthy and successful finish to a terrific career, capped off by a few more October moments from one of the great clutch pitchers of this generation.
For Jon Lester: A permanent good-bye to cancer.
For Jason Varitek: A healthy body that can return him to the fine player he was before last season.
For David Ortiz: An MVP. If you could pick one hitter in baseball who has been THE MVP of the last four years, it’s been Ortiz. One of these years, he should get the actual trophy to show for being the game’s best clutch hitter.
For Manny Ramirez: The knowledge that he will never play in a city where fans love him more, and the ability to actually enjoy it, instead of needlessly being unhappy.
For Josh Beckett: Refined command of his offspeed stuff, which would make him one of the league’s dominant pitchers.
For Coco Crisp: The stroke that all of us saw last year at Spring Training, when he looked primed for a breakout year.
For Jonathan Papelbon: The same success as a starter that he had as a closer.
For Daisuke Matsuzaka: Immediate trust in Varitek’s fingers. That will ease his transition to MLB as much as anything.
For Mike Lowell: A few more feet on some of those doubles from last year. Then you’re talking about more home runs and more RBIs.
For Julio Lugo: A stay-in-Boston card. Shortstop has been far too fluid for the Red Sox in recent years.
For Dustin Pedroia: David Eckstein-karma. Then, the Red Sox would truly have a player on their hands.
For J.D. Drew: A chance from the fans. Don’t write a guy off before he even sets foot into Fenway.
Any other suggestions welcome!