Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Keep Your Expectations Low For The '13 Season

Be Like Danny
The best advice for Red Sox fans might be to approach the 2013 season like little Danny Torrance from 'The Shining' (see pic). That's appropriate, right? After all, Stephen King is a Sox fan. Anyway, Danny always walked down those "empty" corridors at the Overlook Hotel with caution and trepidation. You know, don't expect much—or, better yet, fear the worst. Your Carmine Hose are coming off their most pathetic season in about a quarter century. Their Off-Season Grand Design has nibbled around the edges with "character guys" and thirtysomething platoon players. They have avoided long-term contracts and big free-agent splashes. But, they do still have a core of very special players in Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, and Jacoby Ellsbury. They have potentially dominant starters in Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester. They have a deep bullpen. But that's it, folks. Is that good enough to contend in the American League East? Contend for fourth place, maybe. The equipment truck rolls in 20 days. So, when you travel to Fenway Park this year, you might want to tamp down your hopes and bring along the equivalent of Danny's imaginary friend "Tony". Just in case.