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No pop, I know we have Mike Napoli over there - but when he is laid up next to Red Sox Nation’s grandpa, waiting for his hip replacement surgeon to come in and tell him he isn’t Bo Jackson and its over – who’s on first? Now I’m never one to put the cart before the horse but you have to admit, Butchie has a point.
Napoli was considered a serious defensive liability before the full extent of his hip came to light, and call me a pessimist, but I don’t think it’s a great sign that he’s taking it easy the first week of camp after an offseason where the most work he got in was pacing the living room as his three year deal was chipped away to a single season. But hey, Ben Cherington is no dummy, right? Right? He went out and inked some insurance - someone who could step in at a moments notice and fill Napoli’s spikes. I mean, RELAX - we have Lyle Overbay, the career 270 hitter with about as much pop in his bat as a stick of trident. Or bet Ben saw the writing on the wall and sent Daniel Nava to winter ball to learn the position. The GM wouldn’t just buy him a fist baseman’s glove and toss it at the career outfielder on his way into the Forts clubhouse…he did see Money Ball, didn’t he?
Maybe he knows something I don’t and Mauro Gomez is ready to eat up all those bad throws from third base and make Will the Thrill look like Mike Schmidt patrolling the hot corner. Maybe, but I doubt it.
Not having depth in your system during the best of times can be disastrous. Not having it when you know you’re scrapping for a second wildcard birth can be apocalyptic. Not having it when you KNOW there are problems with plan A is just Stupid.