Boston Red Sox Weekly Reader: Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury, Terry Francona

The first full week of baseball has been, well, oddly familiar. Much like they did in 2011, the 2012 Boston Red Sox have struggled on the road to start the season and as you can imagine, that has led to some serious teeth-gnashing. Yes, the first series of the season was painful, but our own Sam Feely wants you to stop complaining and let the team play and I have to agree. It’s six games people! It hasn’t been all bad news. Daniel Bard was very good in his starting debut, even if the stats might try to tell you otherwise.

Even as a 12-2 shellacking of the Tampa Bay Rays lifts fans spirits, the section of the fan base the loves nothing more than wallowing in sorrow has plenty to get depressed about. First, Carl Crawford suffers a set back thanks to an elbow strain and then Jacoby Ellsbury injures his shoulder.  The Injury appears to be a dislocated shoulder and Ellsbury may miss 6-8 weeks.

Nobody does a better job covering the Red Sox than Alex Speier of Mr. Speier has a detailed breakdown of the process that built the 2012 Red Sox and it is a must-read for any Sox fan.

At Over the Monster, Ben Buchanan laments the poor decisions Bobby Valentine has made thus far. Valentine has done a number of things that can be termed questionable and reminded everyone why he seemed such an odd choice for the Red Sox.

Speaking of managers, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe is working on a book with Terry Francona. Don’t expect it to be too favorable to ownership either. Tito has been fighting with Larry Luchinno and now will not be attending the centennial celebrations at Fenway Park next week.. This isn’t going to be the end of the mud-slinging between the ex-manager and the team either.

Following the deals given to Ian Kinsler and Brandon Phillips, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal considered the impact on our own Dustin Pedroia.

Finally, the strange saga of a Red Sox fan lost in time begins at Over the Monster this week, check it out.

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