Originally written April 22, 2013 on RedSoxLife:
During the Red Sox epic World Series drought, one common theory was that the Red Sox didn't do the "little things." At no point during that period could the Sox be described as athletic. With few exceptions, the Red Sox didn't steal bases, they didn't hit and run, and they seldom bunted. While former Red Sox manager Joe Morgan notably had Spike Owen pinch hit for Jim Rice for the sole purpose of laying down a sacrifice bunt, he largely had his club play the Red Sox have played since the advent of the live ball. When asked why his team didn't run more, Walpole Joe's response was, "Because sir, we cannot." That is the lesson John Farrell needs to learn. Other than Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino this team is pretty damn slow. If you want to give Dustin Pedroia and his lifetime 74.5% success rate on the bases a green light I can live with that. I trust his baseball IQ enough to pick his spots. Nobody else on this team should run pretty much ...
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