NEARLY EVERY spring training morning, coach Brian Butterfield instills the little virtues of team play in the Red Sox by reviewing the previous game with a humorous touch. These sessions are designed to establish the culture of having the right culture—which is why they are known in camp as "Culture Culture."
Players are acknowledged with a raised right fist for smart plays and hustle plays. (You might also see the salute during a game, for instance, after a batter moves a runner to third with no outs.) Dumb mistakes, or just silly ones, merit a raised left fist (as Mookie Betts, right, demonstrates) and a word unprintable here. It's a combination of the Instructional League, kangaroo court and a night at the Improv. "We want everybody to know how we won the game," says Dustin Pedroia. "It's not because of Hanley [Ramírez's] three-run home run. It was because Christian Vázquez slid in and had a good secondary [lead] and got on the second baseman to cause the throw to be up the line for the inning to continue. That's how we won."