Thursday, March 27, 2014

Red Sox Are Ready To 'Turn Page' And Repeat

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Your 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox have a goal—to be the first repeat champs since 2000. Soon after the clinching World Series Game 6 ended, teammates began texting about "turning the page" on the new year and talking about what it would take to repeat. This theme has carried over into Spring Training as the team gets ready to defend the title on Monday in Camden Yards. Said manager John Farrell, "I think they looked at their situation and our situation as a chance to do something special." Boston almost pulled off a 'back-to-back' in 2008—falling in a seven-game ALCS to the Rays and a young phenom named David Price. Dustin Pedroia doesn't want to experience that feeling again, "I remember that was a huge letdown. Really disappointed, shoot, I think we were four or five innings away, winning in the fourth or fifth. You don't want that feeling. Once you win, you want to stay there and be on top all the time. That just gives us something extra to push for to always stay there." Despite losing a few of last year's key players, this team seems strong enough—talent-wise and character-wise—to pull it off.