SI's Pre-Season Red Sox Preview
It's that time of the year, a time when not a single pitch has been thrown in practice, spring training or a regular season game. We'll have our fill of that soon, and I can't wait. But mid-February is also the time of the winter when those "in the business" of writing about sports do exactly that. Pre-season previews of your favorite MLB teams. SI has come out with theirs. I'll just give you a sample here: their Red Sox preview. Their "final analysis" portion of the piece follows....but I implore you to click on the title and read the entire article. It's a quick and informative read, with much to like about the team we love to love.......
"Clearly, a third-place finish did not sit well with the Boston Red Sox. So after finishing one game behind the Toronto Blue Jays last year, the Red Sox embarked on a shopping spree during which they increased their payroll to roughly $160 million. As a result, big things are expected in Boston this year, though that is obviously the case every season."
"After going to the playoffs for three straight seasons from 2003-05, the Red Sox slipped up in '06. Despite a $135 million payroll, the Sox finished with an 86-76 record, good for only third place behind the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. On paper, this club looks a good deal stronger, particularly in the lineup and starting rotation. If the Red Sox can get their bullpen situation straightened out and settle on a closer, they should be back in the mix for a postseason berth."
Peter here, your ever ready Boston Red Sox Energizer Bunny type of guy. Bullpen? Closer? Yes, I THINK I've written a word or two about what will eventually make or break our season. Postseason? Oh yeah, I expect it. An injury spate like the one that hit us last year does not happen often. Or at least we hope it doesn't. So read the entire article...it's only a 2 minute read, and then comment on it. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this greyish and cold Saturday. We here in southern New England, north central Connecticut to be exact, have a chance for a coastal storm Tuesday night and Wednesday, but as is the case for a storm not yet formed, the computer projections are all over the place. We'll know much more by Sunday evening. You'll read about it here. Promise.
Now go click on the title, and after reading it, do you agree, disagree? Are they entirely wrong on one thing or another?? My comments will follow yours. Thanks for being here, and for reading. I hope you enjoy this blog, my little slice of heaven. Stay well!