Accentuate the Red Sox positive for 2016

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Sep 24, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski (left) introduces Mike Hazen (right) as the team

What went wrong in 2015 (and 2014) have been tossed around by fans and the media almost nonstop since the first cracks appeared back in 2014 and escalated in 2015 with disappointing – and I am being kind and gentle – new acquisitions via trade and free agency.

The angst was apparent as the season progressed, but the faithful still showed up and still had some glimmer of future hope surfaced that certainly dulled the Sword of Damocles that has hovered over Fenway Park for far too long.

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller"

Is there optimism for 2016? Let’s look for some nuggets that can be mined from the 2015 season. There certainly are a number of items that point to a visit to the promised land of playoffs and this is but a few.