We’ve had far fewer BSOHL reports this winter than ever before. Is it because, by now, everyone knows that it’s a cliche that we’ve been mocking for years and years? Or is it because those quotes usually come after interviews that take place after a guy looking to bounce back has signed a deal someplace and . . . no one is signing anyplace?
NO MAN CAN SAY!
But now that players are starting to trickle into spring training camps, expect some more of these bad boys. Like this one, from Alex Cora, speaking of lefty Eduardo Rodriguez:
Alex Cora just offered some very early thoughts from Red Sox camp, among them that Eduardo Rodriguez looks great. “Everyone is in the best shape of their life in spring training but he really is in the best shape of his life.”
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) February 11, 2019
Tip o’ the cap to Cora for being aware of the cliche yet offering it anyway. He’s not only a World Series-winning manager, he’s well aware that cliches begin with truth!
As for Rodriguez, he has been effective when healthy but dings and dents and stuff have kept him starting more than 24 games in the season. Last season was his best: he went 13-5 with a 3.82 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 146/45 in 129.2 innings.
Here’s hoping being in The Best Shape of His Life adds up to an even better year!