The Gold Glove finalists were announced today, and while Red Sox Nation can celebrate Chris Sale, Dustin Pedroia, Mitch Moreland, and Mookie Betts’ endeavors this season, we were shocked to see that Jackie Bradley Jr. did not make the cut. It’s ironic: the man who robbed so many batters of homers this season just got robbed himself.
Now, I’m not the kind of fan who puts the Red Sox on a pedestal and blindly roots for them. When they suck, I tell it like it is. When I’m frustrated with them (read: this entire season), I don’t act like they’re the best thing since sliced bread. But I love them more than anything, and when there are praises to be sung, you can bet I’m going to be the first one singing them. Jackie Bradley Jr. should have been a Gold Glove finalist. End of story.
In case you need a little refresher or just evidence of his worthiness:
Pardon my French, but this is absolute bullshit. JBJ has rightfully earned the nickname ‘Spider-Man’ for these almost impossible catches that he makes game after game. I mean, the guy can jump higher than Aaron Judge is tall, and he makes it look easy. They aren’t sporadic occurrences as much as the modus operandi we’ve come to expect from him.
So congrats to our four finalists, but there should be five. We love you, JBJ.