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Boston Finds Fountain of Youth

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Boston Finds Fountain of Youth

The 2016 Season started off with David Ortiz announcing that this would be his final season. As the season has progressed it seems that the Boston Red Sox may have found the fountain of youth.

Back in April and May the big talk around baseball was the play of Jackie Bradley Jr. and his hit streak. JBJ would string together a 29 game hit streak in his chase of DiMaggio’s record. He looked like no one could stop him from getting a hit every day.

Not to be out done by his teammate another young Boston player was chasing his own streak. Xander Bogaerts would get an opportunity to chase this same record. He would string together a 26 game hitting streak before it ended on June 4th.

The streak by Bogaerts came just on the heels of the impressive 29-game run by Jackie Bradley Jr. that ended on May 26.

Now another young player is taking the league by storm. Mookie Betts has been on a terror as of late. He was named American League Player of the month for the month of July. Betts batted .368 (35-for-95) with 15 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 15 RBI and five stolen bases over 23 games to claim his first career Player of the Month Award. Betts joins teammate Jackie Bradley Jr., who took home AL Player of the Month honors this past May, as a winner this season.

This resurgence of youth into the Boston Red Sox lineup could be contributing to David Ortiz’s historic final run. Ortiz has put up phenomenal numbers for a guy playing in his last season. He is currently batting .320 with 29 home runs and 97 RBI, which has many questioning if he should really retire.

The Boston Red Sox find themselves in a heated race for the American League East title between them, Baltimore and the Toronto Blue Jays. If this is to truly be the end for Big Papi, at least the Boston faithful can see an emergence of stars on the horizon.