MSNBC Speaks Up.
This is part of a lengthy article on the Red Sox's chances this year. "In a best-case scenario for the Sox, Crisp takes to his new position in center field (he was moved to left last year by the Indians), the rebuilt infield fields better and hits as well as the one of a year ago, Manny is still Manny, Ortiz continues swinging one of the best clutch bats in the game and catcher Jason Varitek remains arguably the best combination of catcher/hitter in the American League.
As for the pitching, if Schilling bounces back and Beckett's arm holds up and Foulke pitches like the guy who dominated the World Series two years ago, the Sox will be in the heat of the pennant race when the shadows begin to lengthen next fall.
Then again, that's a lot of ifs. If it's too many there'll be no ifs, ands or buts about how it happened. It happened because Epstein won his battle with Lucchino. He wanted to build for the future in a town where, when it comes to baseball, the future is always now."
Peter here. And I thrive on "ifs". Nothing else needs to be said. So "if you" MSNBC.