Can I take the under?
The Red Sox know what I am, even knowing what happened last year, I’m a
guy that, I put a lot of enthusiasm into what I do. And it’s up to
them. I’m trying to say that I would like to end my career here, I
would like to play three, four more years, and I would like to finish
that with the Red Sox. It’s up to them. I can’t control that.
Thing is, the Red Sox are the team that probably puts less emphasis on things like enthusiasm than anyone else. If Ortiz puts up a strong season in 2010 — and the baseline for that is something better than his 2008 line of .264/.369/.507, which he didn’t touch last year — and if he is willing to take what will amount to a massive pay cut than, yes, the Sox may consider bringing him back after his contract expires.
If I were a betting man, however, I’d wager that 2010 will be Papi’s last season in Boston.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: