Boston Red Sox: David Ortiz Hall of Fame induction a lone positive for Sox

Hall of Fame inductee David Ortiz Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Hall of Fame inductee David Ortiz Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports /

The Boston Red Sox are falling apart right in front of our eyes. After crawling into the All-Star break, they managed to look even worse in their first series back from the break against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the trade deadline approaching, any hope of a playoff push from the Sox is quickly fading.

Whether it be an inability to hit a baseball, poor pitching, horrible fielding, or a bevy of injuries that have plagued the team at the worst possible time, everything has gone wrong for Boston recently. Their series against Toronto was never even competitive; they looked lifeless in all three games, and were unsurprisingly swept.

The only positive for the Sox right now involves their longtime star David Ortiz and his Hall of Fame induction. Ortiz has been a fantastic ambassador of Boston for nearly 20 years now, and it was great to see him get the recognition he deserves as a first ballot Hall of Famer.

David Ortiz’s Hall of Fame induction an escape for Boston Red Sox fans

Watching Ortiz get inducted into the Hall of Fame has been an escape from the current Red Sox squads’ problems, and has allowed us to reminisce about the times when “Big Papi”  was around, and things were good. Ortiz brought a level of leadership and clutch hitting that Boston would probably kill for right now.

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The ceremony was a reminder of all that Ortiz had done for the Boston Red Sox throughout his career. His sky-high home runs. His clutch postseason play. His reminder to Boston that “this is our bleeping city”. It was all Ortiz; he was the face of so many great memories that us Boston fans will never forget.

Ortiz powered Boston to three World Series titles during his prestigious career, and if he stuck around for another couple of seasons, he probably would have had another one when the team won it all in 2018. It’s clear, though, that without Ortiz, Boston’s four World Series titles since 2000 would quickly shrink down to one.

Ortiz’s enshrinement in the Hall is a reminder of the winning times that seem so far away as the Red Sox of present labor through the season. Red Sox fans could use a win amid all the losing that’s taking place on the field, and they got one with Ortiz’s induction this afternoon.

Maybe this will provide a spark to the team, although given their play on the field, that shouldn’t be counted on. Ortiz is a testament to the Red Sox recent culture of winning on the games biggest stages. Right now, it would be nice to get a win in front of the Fenway faithful.

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So as the Sox continue to plague themselves with an endless amount of self-inflicted errors, fans can take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the good old days with Ortiz on the field. Unfortunately, it may prove to be a short-lived trip, because the Boston Red Sox of today will be back on the field tomorrow night against the Cleveland Guardians.