Dear Bag Guy,
It hasn't even been 24 hours, but it's already hard to remember what the world was like before you walked into our lives.
Actually, you didn't walk into our lives. You just sat there wearing a Red Sox jacket and a big brown paper bag over your head as Josh Beckett poured fueled on the fire.
As a result, what should have been an awful experience became one of the most entertaining and strangely uplifting stories of the entire season. For two innings, it was fun to be a Red Sox fan again.
All thanks to you.
You're a hero.
Unfortunately, with the success of your original, you know that the imitators are about to come out in full force. I wouldn't be surprised to see more than few bag heads when the Sox take the field tonight. Eventually, the craze will get played out, unfunny and brutally annoying.
I'm saying you've created a monster, Bag Guy.
But I can't stay mad you.
And we'll never forget you.
Rich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.