The Red Sox limp into the All-Star break with just a .500 record of 43-43 and rumors swirling about what will happen in the second half of the season. Trade talks are starting up all around the league just before the upcoming trade deadline and the Red Sox are one of the teams on the hot-seat.
It’s not all bad news, however. 2011 AL MVP candidate Jacoby Ellsbury is scheduled to return to the line up after the All-Star break, with several others to follow, including outfielder Carl Crawford. Young players such as Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, Felix Doubront and others have stepped up big during these troubling times for the Sox and have shown that when they play well, they are still one of the best teams in baseball.
To help encourage and motivate the Red Sox to make a second half run and make it back to the top of the standings, here are 5 classic hits that can get anybody back on track.
Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tommy Petty And The Heartbreakers
With all of the controversy surrounding the past year in Red Sox baseball, you cannot forget that this is the chance of a lifetime for the young guys who get to play in the big leagues at baseball’s most historic park. So far, the young guns have started to find a groove and have produced far beyond their expectations. If some of the veterans and players coming back from injury can find that groove too, the Sox could be dangerous in the second half.
Get Back – The Beatles
The title of this song says it all. ”Get back to where you once belonged,” should be the slogan for all of the players left from the glory days of 2004 and 2007. On paper, this team is one of the best in baseball and they desperately need to get their act together and get to where they belong: the playoffs!
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
This team has faced an improbable number of injuries and setbacks this season, yet somehow we are still .500 and in the hunt for a playoff berth. There have been times where they looked hopeless, and there have been times where they look destined for greatness. If they can find some sort of balance and hit their stride in the second half, they can do some serious damage.
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Don’t the lyrics almost sound like a Bobby V. press conference waiting to happen? ”So what can we expect to see from you guys in the second half?” ”Baby, you ain’t seen nothing yet.” It’s too perfect. That being said, let’s hope he doesn’t say it when referring to some of the rumored turmoil happening in the clubhouse!
The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
The first verse of this song explains the Red Sox enigma perfectly. Don’t worry about the future, forget about what happened in the past and just do what you need to do, here and now! Last year’s collapse has been this team’s proverbial “chain that binds.” The team has been unable to shake the persona of a team in distress that needs some fixing. If the young stars and crafty veterans can put it all together somehow, get ready for a rising the likes of which The Boss himself couldn’t have imagined!
Have a suggestion for another song to get the Sox back on track? Tell us in the comments section!