Red Sox Find New Competitive Advantage…. By Sleeping
Coming into another season, the Boston Red Sox have been looking for a competitive advantage and may have found it. The organization has created a 145 foot “sleeping room” for the players to catch some sleep before a game or after a practice.
The company sells what they call “performance bedding” which matches pillows to any specific body type and sheets that take away any possible heating and moisture.
Players were able to test out new mattresses, measure for their own pillows, and chose from a wide selection of sheets and blankets.
Now with a new emphasis on sleep within the club, right handed reliever Matt Barnes has taken to this new approach and is now willing to throw a new curveball into his lifestyle with more z’s.
“In this line of work, you have to get good sleep,” Barnes said. “If you don’t, it can be a long day. It’s crucial. The effects can hit you and it takes a few days to catch up.”
Not only is sleep good for your pitching rotation and bullpen, two of the best hitters on the club Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez gave their two cents on sleep becoming a bigger part of the team’s training routine. Pedroia himself has his hands full at night at times and doesn’t get enough sleep, but this new “sleeping room” just might do the trick.
“I have three kids. If one of them gets up, I’m getting up,” Pedroia said. “But I get it, we need to get good sleep.”
Ramirez took to the the extra sleep idea immediately saying that as he gets older, he needs the sleep more than ever.
“The one I had was too soft,” Ramirez said. “How many hours can I sleep without waking up, that is the big thing for me. It changes the way you play. It’s unbelievable. When you’re young you don’t think about stuff like that.”
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell while skeptical at first, is happy to get any advantage he and his team can this season. Three years removed from his World Series winning club, you bet Farrell is willing to do whatever it takes to get back to Major League Baseball grace. Even if it means dedicating some time during your practice schedule to do absolutely… Nothing.
“We have the wherewithal to be able to provide the latest and best technology that might be out there,” Farrell said. “This is maybe not the most publicized area, but it’s something that we do delve into. You want every advantage you can get.”
Boston Red Sox athletic trainer Brad Pearson whose job is to make sure the players are in peak condition, was very happy that something as simple as sleeping could give his team a chance to win a World Series championship.
“Every little edge you can get on your competition, if it’s one game or even an extra out, it matters,”Pearson said. “We’re always looking for ways to get better. This is one way.”