The powers that be (you know, ag) have asked if I’d be willing to post on the Sox-centric side of things on occasion. I’m only too glad to help out with this excellent little community. I’m somewhat at a loss (a word you’ll probably see me type a lot this season) as to what I’ll post and how often, but I know I’m glad to help. (Get ready for some parentheses, people.)
RE: Red Sox…I’m typically on the optimistic side of the scale, and have come around to that same optimism RE: this season. The signings are solid, not splashy, but the worst gaps are essentially filled (we’ll see how long Napoli’s hip takes to explode, but that’s pretty much the same position the Yanks are in with Youk), and I think seeing this thing through and waiting for youth to take over in coming years is better than being financially frozen the way they were before the Punto et al trade (I felt good about that trade the day it was made, no waiting for optimism there). I have trouble really imagining the Sox getting above 86/87 wins, but if Farrell can steer Lester back to excellence and Lackey’s surgery gets him anywhere (goodness knows all the excuses haven’t), then maybe, maybe, maybe they can be in the hunt for the second wild card come September. These are the bounds of my optimism at the moment.