Notes from the BoSox Club Luncheon - November 10, 2017

After posing for many pictures, "Eck" was interviewed by Dan Roche.

He admitted to being both uncertain and excited about the Red Sox in 2018, as the Sox seem to be going in a new direction with an almost all-new coaching staff. It will be critical to see how players take to changes. He felt last year the team lost the joy of playing. They missed Ortiz, who brought more than his bat. No one could fill that void. He does expect Bogaerts to be better next year; but stated Sox need to clarify Hanley Ramirez's role as DH or first baseman. He likes new Red Sox Manager, Alex Cora's confident attitude in his first press conference. He warned from his own playing experiences that Boston is tough (and getting tougher) as a place to play

"Baseball has become a young guys' game and a manager needs to navigate that with high energy. Sox are young and a different breed." Eck said. And, Tony La Russa's new involvement is a "beautiful thing" he said after playing for the 50 years experienced leader. He commented that while one has "gotta like the team; all know they need a bat" and are more likely to pay for it rather than trade players or prospects. JD Martinez seems very expensive, but Eck would love him here.

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