Trevor Story and the Red Sox hope to pull a page from the Boston Celtics’ book
The Boston Celtics are getting the most attention from the New England sports world, and rightly so. The Boston Red Sox are starting to make noise.
Led by their offseason free agent acquisition Trevor Story, the Red Sox have won nine of their last 12 games after eliminating the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. With most eyes on the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and the Miami Heat, the Sox launched an offensive barrage.
Led by Story, the Red Sox hope to take a page from the book of their NBA neighbors.
Trevor Story and the Red Sox overcome a rocky start
Story still only hits .222 in his first season with the Sox. It shows how badly he started with his new team.
On May 8, the Red Sox second baseman had no homers and made 10 runs. Sox fans grew impatient after a month. In the past three weeks, Story hit nine homers and took his RBI total to 37.
“Moments like this are rare,” Story said, according to MLB.com’s Joey Pollizze. “(It’s) a great feeling. I try to live in the moment and have good sticks when I can.
Story says he learned to make a minor adjustment that led to his turnaround.
“Controlling my zone has been huge and not missing my ground when I have it,” Story said. “That was the key. When I get my pitch and take my swing, I want the stick to stop there. I’ve done a better job in this area lately.
Story’s sudden push put the Red Sox back on track. At one point, the Red Sox were 10-19 and nothing was right. After Sunday’s win over the Orioles, they are 23-25.
Sox manager Alex Cora said Story appears to be more relaxed at the plate and no longer pressing.
“He’s doing his part right now,” Cora said. “And it looks like his feet are on the ground now and he’s able to relax.”
Story and the Sox hope to remove a page from the Celtics’ book
Nobody wants a rough start to the season, but the Sox could definitely learn from the Celtics. The Celtics were 23-24 at one point in the season and the doubt crept in.
Like Story and the Sox, there were new faces in the Celtics organization, and the struggles were real. Ime Udoka took over from Brad Stevens, and his early career as an NBA head coach was not easy.
The Celtics lost several big leads late in the game. Frustration set in with the players as Marcus Smart publicly called out Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown for their selfish play. Udoka questioned Boston’s efforts several times during the first half of the season.
In 50 games, the Celtics went 25-25. Fans were getting impatient. Many have written them off. Now they face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals starting Thursday.
Story and the Sox are hoping they can take a page from the Celtics’ book.
“It’s cool to see,” Cora said of Story’s recent success. “A few weeks ago everyone was coming up (Story) because he was struggling. He was the player we imagined and it’s fun to watch.
Through 50 games, baseball and basketball weren’t much fun to watch for Boston fans. Both teams took a lot of heat from the fans. Suddenly, those Celtics fans will be cheering until June. The Red Sox hope to continue their success through October.
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