As far as the rest of the poll is concerned, Salty Dog’s All-Star candidacy and Doubie’s emergence as staff ace each received a vote. Taking another look at those three vote-getters, you get an idea of just how wacky this 2012 Red Sox season has been. A lot of fans weren’t convinced that Salty could be a major league player, let alone an all-star caliber one. He continues to grow into Jason Varitek 2.0, if you exchange V-Tek’s thunder thighs for Salty’s perm-curls.
We all believed heading into 2012 that we had a young, hard-throwing lefty in our rotation who was capable of striking out 8 or 9 batters per outing and give the Sox a good chance to win every time he took the Hill of Thrills. It’s just that we thought it was Jon Lester, not Felix Doubront. Doubie has exceeded everyone’s expectations (if someone out there expected this, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org), and has emerged as a bright spot in a season full of murkiness.
None of the other options, including Scratch my Atch and Andrew “Cast Away” Miller’s pitching and Gonzo’s RF defense garnered any votes. While these are surprising developments, the mind-blowing productivity of Nava rendered them vote-less.
As far as our second poll goes, Father’s Day has come and gone, and the Sox are still in the basement. Probably not so deep in the basement that they can’t find the bulkhead and climb on out into the sunshine of playoff contention, but still down there in the dank cellar for now. Nobody voted that this is where they would be by June 17. Either we’re a bunch of optimists, or the Sox sucked us in with a brief stint above .500 when the poll was posted. Three of us thought they would be in 3rd, two of us thought they would be way up in 2nd place, one of us thought they would at least be in 4th, and none of us were correct.
New polls coming out soon. Until next time, poll results recap, out.