Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 8-3

It all seems so familiar.

A player comes to the Red Sox around the trading deadline, straight from the black hole that is Pittsburgh, and immediately endears himself to the Fenway faithful, to his teammates, to the organization. He’s a veteran, not known for making waves, and yet synchs with his new franchise as soon as he touches down in Boston.

Yes, Adam LaRoche has become the darling of Fenway Park, just as Jason Bay did a season earlier.

Easy to like, of course, ...