We can throw darts at a board as to why the Sox have been playing so well. There are a number of reasons why the Sox have been so good: team chemistry, improved attitude, better talent, but maybe weâ€™ve been leaving one important factor out.
This is not a matter of heart and hustle, rather it may be a combination of everything that makes the Sox good in one succinct word. The word, according to Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, is â€śswaggalicious.â€ť
Now there is no telling what this means. The word â€śswagâ€ť has been polluted by preteensÂ born when the Sox won their first World Series, but you cannot deny the Sox have something special. Whether it be the beards, the crazy high fives, and David Ortizâ€™s bat flips, there is something about the 2013 Red Sox that makes you want to watch them again, and again.
The Sox will need more than â€śswagâ€ť to win in the playoffs, but winning in style canâ€™t hurt their team chemistry which does play a role in how focused they stay on the field.