NEW YORK – He still looks like a teenager, this 22-year old man who can change the American League East. Jackie Bradley Jr. barely stands as high as the hook on which they hang his cap in the Boston Red Sox's clubhouse, looks at questions with wide enthusiastic eyes and wears jeans over a pair of gym shorts.
But most important, he carries none of the jaded disillusionment that has filled this room in the recent past. He plays smart and fast, and with a zeal that separates him from a division filled with overpaid dinosaurs. It is just one game, but on Monday, inside the canyon of Yankee Stadium, he ran and ran and ran and delivered a message in an 8-2 opening day win that said these Red Sox might not be the ones everyone expected this year.
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From the doldrums of the team that quit and the one that couldn't ever get started, Bradley flew across left field watching a Robinson Cano line drive scream over hisRead More »from Jackie Bradley Jr. could be ingredient needed to make Red Sox-Yankees rivalry sizzle again