Coming into the 2016 Red Sox season, Red Sox fans should be very eager for the competition between Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez contending for the opening day catcher role. There are several arguments as to why both could win the starting role, but besides how well they perform in spring training, let’s look at the various positives they both bring to Fort Myers.
On November 18, 1975, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, a man by the name of David Américo Ortiz Arias was born. Most may know him as “Red Sox Legend” David Ortiz.
Today marks the official opening of the 2016 Spring Training, and what is going to be David Ortiz’s last season of a storybook career that we have been watching since 1997. He is on the top of many leaderboards: 26th all time slugging percentage (.547), 27th all time in home runs (503), 30th all time in runs batted in (1,641), while having 6 silver slugger awards, 9 all star appearances, 3 World Series rings with some of the most clutch post season performances in baseball’s history. To say his career is not something to tell your grandchildren about would be rubbish.
There are officially 48 days until opening day. Most fans are excited for the upcoming 2016 season and are counting down the days. However, I am counting down the days for the Sox’s opening day, not because of excitement, but because I want to stop running “what if” scenarios in my mind. The team possesses several storylines heading into Fort Myers, and I just want to know what is going to happen this season already.