The Boston Red Sox: Still Putting The ‘Fun’ in Dysfunctional?
“Every team’s gonna win 54 games and every team’s gonna lose 54 games. It’s what you do with the other 54 games that makes all the difference.”
In a little over a week the 2013 Major League Baseball season begins. On March 31st, the Texas Rangers take on the Houston Astros (Welcome to the American League, Houston).
The Red Sox kick off the ’13 campaign the following day at Yankee Stadium. As far as I can see, all the games are here in North America. No stupid trek to Japan to open the season this year.
After a seemingly endless winter, it’s time for Fenway Park to swing open it’s gates for the 101st time. I love baseball, and I’m glad it’s back.
Time will tell if I feel the same way in September. Just kidding, I will.
Last year, my dysfunctional Red Sox did, in fact, win 54 games and lose 54 games. Their record in those all important “other 54 games?” A dismal 15 – 39.
Their overall record was 69 – 93.
They have to do better this year. Right? My fingers are crossed.
After giving due consideration to all the moves the Sox have made since last opening day – Goodbye Misters Beckett, Gonzalez, Crawford and Valentine – Hello Misters Napoli, Victorino, Gomes, and friends. Here are my predications for the 2013 season for the Olde Towne Team:
- Mercifully, the sellout streak will end by Patriots Day.
- Will Middlebrooks will not be elected to the Hall of Fame.
- Neither will Jackie Bradley, Jr.
- Terry Francona will receive an immense ovation when he returns with the Cleveland Indians on May 23rd.
- Stephen Drew will be more durable than his brother, J.D. Drew, but not by a lot.
- Clay Buchholz will be on the DL at least twice this season.
- Jacoby Ellsbury will be traded by the end of July.
- Josh Beckett will win fewer than 14 games.
- The Yankees will finish dead last. They are the oldest team in the Majors and they will fall apart this year.
- David Ortiz will play in fewer than 81 games.
- The Red Sox will win more than 81 games – but not many more.
- They’ll finish 4th behind Tampa, Toronto and Baltimore.
So, here’s to the revamped Boston Red Sox who begin the 2013 season on April Fool’s Day.
Let’s hope it’s not a portent to another joke of a season.
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