Boston Red Sox: The motto for 2021 Sox is ‘No Fear’

Enrique Hernandez #5 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Enrique Hernandez #5 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /

The motto of the 2021 Boston Red Sox team must be “No Fear” since that is what this club has demonstrated all season and is continuing in the playoffs.

This team will fight tooth and nail on every pitch, on every at-bat, on every play to try to win and just won’t quit. To sum up that attitude, it’s they have absolutely “No Fear”.

They have the best manager in the business in the amazing Alex Cora who has taken the clay delivered by Chaim Bloom, Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer and fashioned it into a winner.

They have talented, hard-nosed players like J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Kyle Schwarber, Ace pitcher, Nathan Eovaldi, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, and on and on.

And, they also have the irrepressible supernova star, Kiké Hernández who has set the playoffs on fire to date hitting at a clip that would make David Ortiz, Babe Ruth, and Mickey Mantle proud.

Mr. Bloom doesn’t want a lot of credit for the Hernandez’ signing but he’s going to get it here. It was a masterstroke and the best signing of the offseason and many, many others by this team.

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Kiké’s signing is probably second only to those of former Red Sox  Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in post-season impact on the Red Sox. He’s been that good.

2021 Boston Red Sox fear no team and just won’t quit

This team has fought back from adversity all season long. They had to scrape by on the last day of the season to qualify for the Wild Card game against the massively favored New York Yankees.

They then dispatched that overconfident bunch decisively and went on to the Divisional Series against the best team in the American League East, the Tampa Bay Rays.

This “No Fear” outfit then dispatched the excellent Rays in four games to land in the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

The road gets no easier as they are now pitted against no less a foe than the perennial participants in this series, the Houston Astros.

This Sox team just has no quit in them. After suffering a tough loss in Game One of the ALCS in Houston, they bounced back with a great win in Game 2.

To say it was convincing is a gross understatement. It was a concrete statement of intent to the Houston Astros and any other team they may face should they advance. “No Fear”.

Boston Red Sox Game two win was a clear statement of intent

The Red Sox emphatically stated their intention in the first two innings against the highly talented Astros by slamming not one but two grand slam home runs by Martinez and Devers.

They took an eight to nothing lead on the stunned Astros. They went on to beat them in nine innings, nine to five.

No one should have had any doubts whatsoever that Houston would just lie down and roll over to the Red Sox or anyone else.

This is not a chopped liver outfit, these Astros. They are loaded with talent like Jose Altuve and Carlos Correia and they will mash an opponent that doesn’t beat them up first.

That’s exactly what this overachieving bunch, the 2021 Red Sox did. The Sox beat them with long bombs and did it early on.

Having already cited this club as possibly one of those unique bunches that might just be a Team of Destiny, it’s clear they just have no fear of any club they might face.

Again that term means here that they are playing with an aura of victory about them that is hard to quantify yet is visible every game.

No one expected much of this group and they were written off more times than Tyson Fury in the fourth round of his fight against Deonte Wilder when he was floored twice and came back to win.

Yet, here they are. Tied at one with the Astros and coming home on Monday to face the Astros in game three.

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And they have “No Fear” whatsoever of this game or any other game they may play in this or any future series. This team again is “playing with house money”.  They have nothing to lose.

Yet, they have everything to gain. And with every game, they gain more confidence and more strength as their motto of “No Fear” translates into victories. What a great team to root for.