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Five Reasons to Watch the Boston Red Sox in 2013

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Five Reasons to Watch the Boston Red Sox in 2013

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After the awful 2012 season and unbelievable clubhouse atmosphere for the Boston Red Sox, why would anyone tune-in and watch them in 2013?

The Red Sox finished the 2012 season with a 69-93 record, their first losing season since 1997 and their first season with 90 or more loses since 1966. That said, the team’s record was not the only issue surrounding the Red Sox.

After the worst fall in Major League Baseball in 2011, the Red Sox fired longtime manager Terry Francona and replaced him with Bobby Valentine. Coming into the 2012 season, the team had to get over the stigma of the ‘beer and chicken’ in the clubhouse, but were unable to. Fans and media around the nation weren’t able to forget what happened and it carried over all season. The team struggled with a bad clubhouse atmosphere and the horrible managing ability of Valentine.

Most loyal fans will watch the Red Sox on TV, no matter what, but those fringe fans need a reason to continue to root for their team. They need to be re-convinced to come back to Red Sox Nation and cheer for a team that has struggled, but has the ability to be good once again.

What are some of the reasons Red Sox fans worldwide should watch their team this season? Why should fans who live in California, Florida and overseas buy the extra baseball package? Why should those in New England purchase tickets to come to Fenway Park? Well, here are at least five reasons to watch this team in 2013.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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New Additions

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The Boston Red Sox are a new-look ball club in 2013. New additions this season consist of Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Dempster and Koji Uehara. These players are all worth watching and should give the team a much-needed boost this season.

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American League East

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The Boston Red Sox compete in arguably the toughest divisions in Major League Baseball. However, the AL East is also one of the best divisions to watch. The Red Sox will take on a completely revamped Toronto Blue Jays team, as well as teams like the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, all which have the ability to go far into the postseason.

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It is looking more and more likely Jackie Bradley Jr. will break camp with the Boston Red Sox this season. His outstanding spring and player injuries has forced the team to make the decision. It hasn’t been officially announced, but whenever he does make his Red Sox debut, it will be worth watching.

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Can it be worse than 2012?

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This coming season has to be better than 2012. The subtractions of Bobby Valentine and Josh Beckett, plus the addition of the new players and John Farrell will make this Boston Red Sox team much improved. Just knowing there will be a better product on the field and in the clubhouse will give the Red Sox fans something to look forward to this season.

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NESN Reporters

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If the Boston Red Sox don’t have a better season than 2012, it will still be worth tuning into the NESN Broadcast for the reporters. In addition to the crazy and funny antics of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy in the booth, the Red Sox have some of the best female sideline reporters in the business. When they check in with Jenny Dell and Jamie Erdahl during games, most Red Sox won’t be getting up for a bathroom break.