The 2012 was a debacle and an atrocity, topped in recent times only by the debacle and atrocity that was the 2011 season. The 2013 season has got to be better, if only because we won’t have to put up with Carl Crawford swinging and missing at pitches down around his ankles, with Dice-K nibbling at the corners and reaching 100 pitches by the fourth inning, with Adrian Gonzalez failing to deliver in clutch situations… And there’s every hope that Jon Lester will quit being such a grouch, and Ellsbury will quit being injured, and Stephen Drew will turn out to have a little more life in him than his older brother…
Still, there’s precious little reason to think the Red Sox are going to create much excitement this season. Mike Napoli and Ryan Dempster and Jonny Gomes may be good players and good guys in the locker room, but they aren’t going to sell tickets and make you turn on NESN.
Here’s the guy who is going to sell tickets:
That would be Jackie Bradley Jr. Is it too much to hope that he will give us reason to hope? Probably. Still, I’ve changed my header image, at least till the home opener. It happens every spring.