Boston Red Sox: Five things for fans to look forward to in 2020

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 05: The sun sets behind Fenway Park during the second inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins on September 05, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

With so much negativity surrounding the Red Sox and their offseason, let’s take a look at five things that should be fun to watch in the upcoming season.

I’m normally a very positive, optimistic person in my “real life” and I usually try to take the glass-half-full view when it comes to sports as well. However, that’s been increasingly difficult to do this offseason when it comes to the Red Sox.

I’ve found myself, certainly not alone among fans, in disbelief at what the team is doing and how they’re building (or not) the 2020 roster. The tipping point was the Mookie Betts trade which marked the nadir of the offseason and ripped the collective heart out of Red Sox Nation.

After writing my last two articles excoriating the Red Sox for trading Mookie (and getting a paltry return) and for somehow becoming the most irrelevant of the four teams in Boston, I sat back, caught my breath, and took stock. There’s been so much negativity swirling around the team this offseason, but they’ve still got some talented players and while they will most likely miss out on the postseason again, it might still be a fun season.

Beyond that, it’s baseball and baseball is always fun. That got me thinking about what are some things to look forward to this season to counter all of the negativity? I came up with five things I’m excited to watch once the season starts next month.

We’re going to strike a positive tone with this list and remember that whether they win it all or finish in last place, the Red Sox are still our team and there’s good that can be taken out of every situation. Let’s begin.

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