Friday, April 04, 2014

Time for Red Sox to stick with the kids

Jackie Bradley Jr didn't disappoint in his first start of the season on Thursday, and it's just a reminder as to why the Red Sox should make a strong effort to keep playing the "kids" in 2014

Those "kids" include Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, and yes, Bradley Jr.

All offseason I called for the Red Sox to "let the kids play." Not bringing Stephen Drew back to Boston has allowed John Farrell to go with Bogaerts and Middlebrooks every day. The re-emergence of Grady Sizemore's career has somewhat affected the plans for Bradley Jr, but the young outfielder got his first start of the season Thursday night in Baltimore, and the kid had a night for himself.

Also having nights for themselves were Bogaerts and Middlebrooks. All three of the "kids" helped the Red Sox to a 4-3 win over the Orioles.

Now, the question is, how do you find room for Bradley Jr? My answer to that question is, it doesn't matter. Just find room. And let the kids play.

I opened Friday's show with this topic, and also reacted to the Bruins' 4-3 OT loss in Toronto. Listen and subscribe to "I'm Just Sayin" on iTunes NOW.

@DannyPicard

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