Baseball is very much a game of routine; those routines, an integral part of a player’s individual development as well as a team’s culture and environment. Hitters get in the cage every day to get their swings right. Pitchers work in the bullpen every day to perfect their delivery. Teams take batting practice, get defensive work in, and run the bases. Every. Single. Day.
The best teams in sport aren’t always the most talented, but rather the clubs who collectively work together better than the rest as a cohesive unit, with everyone pulling the rope in the same direction. Of course, success requires talent. But as history has taught us, success goes beyond talent.
Every Spring Training as Red Sox players and staff descend upon Fort Myers, there is usually one of two specific points of emphasis that will essentially be the theme of camp that year.