Though he’s much better known for his glove than his bat, Jackie Bradley, Junior has emerged as the 2018 Red Sox version of David Ortiz.
After batting .234 in the regular season, JBJ’s clutch hits have propelled the Sox to within one game of a trip to the World Series.
In the last three games of the A.L.C.S, Boston’s centerfielder has knocked in an almost unheard-of nine two-out runs. A bases-clearing double in Game Two, a grand slam in Game Three and a no-doubt-about-it two-run blast to put the Sox ahead to stay in Game Four.
JBJ has been a one-man wrecking crew and, if the Sox go on to win the American League pennant, the series MVP.
Heck, with the heroics of the Boston’s “Band of B’s”, Bradley, Betts, Benintendi, Braiser and Barnes, Red Sox Nation is not in panic mode – even with David Price on the mound for Game Five!