A sampling of what’s being said about Jackie Bradley Jr today after his first game in the Majors.
First walk. First hustle on the basepaths. First strikeout. First run. First RBI. First “tremendous” catch.
How long before Dr. Charles Steinberg produces “The Ballad of Jackie Bradley Jr.?’’
How long before Yawkey Way is renamed JBJ Way?
How long before we’re eating loaves of Jackie Bradley Jr. Bread?
More Shaughnessy (From CSNNE)
I think that when he gets a hit we’re going to have to name the field after him, because it’s all coming here … The catch is going to be highlight reel stuff, but getting the guy in on a first and third with one out, that’s a little thing. Getting to second base on the Iglesias grounder to the hole, little thing. All the pitches against Sabathia, seven-pitch at-bat in his first at-bat, little thing, and that wins games.
The 2013 season is exactly one game old, but already young Bradley has come to personify the infusion of new life and renewed hope for the Red Sox.
Boston thumped its perennial nemesis, the New York Yankees, 8-2 Monday afternoon and Bradley’s fingerprints were all over the victory. The Kid got on base three times (all walks), scored two runs, had his first RBI and made an acrobatic grab in left field to save a run in the third inning.
To Bradley, who seems as unaffected by all this as Opie in Mayberry, it was “fun.” It wasn’t stressful, not nerve-racking. It was what this time in his life is supposed to be.
We’ll try to remember all this unmitigated praise in the future when these same folks are tearing him down for not living up to expectations, or his agent is asking for too much money.
The whole thing about sending Bradley to the minors so that they can “control” him for an extra year just cracks me up. When the Patriots did that with Vince Wilfork and Benjamin Watson (remember they signed them both to the maximum years allowed for rookie contracts and held them to those contracts) they were deemed “cheap” by the same people insisting the Red Sox are being foolish by giving up a possible year of control by keeping Bradley in the majors.