If David Ortiz thinks the 2022 Boston Red Sox redemption arc is real, then you know it’s time to buy in. Big Papi is on board.
Ortiz is forever a member of Sox Nation. A fan favorite and Baseball Hall of Famer for a reason, Ortiz is an active member of MLB media and not shy about his Boston homer status.
Just a few days ago, he spoke on how the Red Sox need to make it a priority to extend Xander Bogaerts before it’s too late. On Tuesday, Ortiz revealed more intrigue — he thinks this Boston team, despite its putrid start, will make the playoffs.
“I think the Red Sox are in a good environment right now, sweeping the Mariners this past homestand,” Ortiz said. “I think that was good for us. I can tell you right now, we’re going to be in the playoffs. I can tell you right now, I’ve got that feeling.”
Well, I’m not one to doubt Big Papi himself.
David Ortiz: Red Sox will make the playoffs
The Red Sox have won five straight games and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Trevor Story has suddenly turned things around, and hit five home runs against the Mariners in a four-game sweep at Fenway Park.
“My man getting hot, Trevor, I think that’s a good sign,” Ortiz added. “Baseball is all about environment and chemistry. If you’ve got good chemistry and a good environment going on, everybody’s like walking in the same direction. I think it’s at that point right now.”
Boston started out the season 10-19, and at the bottom of the AL East. The Sox were behind even the lowly Baltimore Orioles in the division, and sat 10-plus games behind the New York Yankees. While winning the AL East still feels like a bit of a pipe dream, the now 19-22 Red Sox are taking matters one game at a time.
Crazier things have happened on the diamond.