The first quarter of the season is complete for the Boston Red Sox with some disappointments and some real positives. Now for a look at both.
The quarter pole has been reached for the Boston Red Sox and the team is starting to develop an identity and what you see may be what get for the 2016 season. The general consensus was it could not get any worse after going back-to-back in the basement of the American League East. A new baseball ops mahatma, a pricey addition for the ace department and a reload of the bullpen all were met with enthusiasm.
The Red Sox fans may jump on and off the bandwagon pitch to pitch and the new season is no exception. The spring training performance of the team certainly did not instill any confidence, but that is ST and not the regular grind. The optimism was there with the attendant “If only” attached to various players.
The eternal hope is to minimize disappointment and to maximize positive accomplishments. As with any team there is a tinge of both and with Boston fans the negative is usually magnified to the nth degree – a genetic flaw passed down generation to generation. So in Debbie Downer mode I will – quite naturally – start with my own personal disappointments.