The Boston Red Sox come into a weekend series with the New York Yankees at 34-35. This is the definition of mediocre if I’ve ever seen it!
Now a lot can be said about why the Red Sox seem to be stuck in purgatory.
Chaim Bloom making bad decisions with trades and signings. The offense is struggling recently. Defense has been an issue for the entirety of the season so far. But there’s one thing that the Red Sox could be lacking that we all overlooked: leadership!
Leadership is something that can’t be taught. Either you can do it through your voice or you can do it through your actions.
But does this Red Sox lack the leadership that they need in order to be successful? Let’s dive a little deeper into this.
Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz talking about the (lack of) leadership
Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz went on the “Baseball is Dead” podcast with Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden, presented by DraftKings.
In one specific clip, Ortiz talks about how the Red Sox are faring in the leadership category. It’s safe to say that Ortiz is concerned about the leadership going on in the clubhouse.
You can just see it in Ortiz’s face that there is genuine concern about that Red Sox clubhouse.
But the former Red Sox slugger makes a lot of good points. “Big Papi” seems to be one of the most approachable people in the world. Go up to him and start a conversation about baseball.
The only Red Sox player Ortiz mentions having a conversation with is Trevor Story. Story hasn’t even been with the team so far in the 2023 season!
We’ve seen what Brayan Bello has done after working with Pedro Martinez this off-season. Why can’t these Red Sox hitters do the same?
Boston Red Sox have a younger team
Personally, I think part of the reason for the lack of communication with Ortiz can be due to the fact that the Red Sox are a younger team.
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A lot of these guys might be intimidated by the presence that is David Ortiz. Now granted, Ortiz did mention that he is very approachable and happy to help anyone within the Boston Red Sox organization.
Could it be that the young guys don’t know how to approach older guys? It’s possible. Could it even be that they think they don’t need the advice? That’s in play too.
But I think as these players get older, they’ll learn how to ask more questions and pick the brains of any legend that may step into Fenway Park on any given day.
The bottom line with the Boston Red Sox leadership
I would agree with Ortiz in wondering who the true leader of the Boston Red Sox is, on this current roster.
The Red Sox better find those leaders for the future and fast!