Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The 2012 Baseball Season Is Upon Us!

Well it's that time of year again! After an offseason in which the Red Sox got a new manager (Bobby Valentine, far right), general manager (Ben Cherington), pitching coach (Bob McClure), first base coach (Alex Ochoa), and third base coach (Jerry Royster). They also got two new outfielders (Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ross), utility infielder (Nick Punto), a backup catcher (Kelly Shoppach) and countless minor leaguers to add to the lineup. They acquired relievers Mark Melancon and Andrew Bailey. However, none of that change matters anymore as it's time to get back to the game we love. Bobby Valentine has made some interesting decisions: Alfredo Aceves will be the new closer and Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard will move to the rotation. Now, despite all the optimism which abounds with a new season, expectations are the lowest they've been in a while for the Red Sox. A lack of pitching has led to a number of writers and fans to predict them in third place and out of the playoffs (reluctantly, including myself). Even so, it's back to baseball and it'll be a fun and interesting season no matter what.

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