Opening Day in Major League Baseball is here and the baseball season is now underway. One of the best things about the first game of the season, all teams are in first place and on an even playing field.
The new year is something the Boston Red Sox have been waiting for since the culmination of last season. Those who were on the roster for the 2012 season want to forget one of the worst seasons in a very long time. The teams first losing season since 1997 and the first season with 90 or more losses since 1966.
The Red Sox have dropped drastically from their two World Series titles in the matter of four years. The team has seen a decline in performance, clubhouse character and fan favor. From the 2011 ‘chicken and beer’ season to the horrible 2012 season, Red Sox Nation is ready for the fresh start of 2013.
Monday afternoon, as the season got underway, the Red Sox were able to come out of the gates with a statement win over their arch rival, New York Yankees. Jon Lester went five strong innings, giving up five hits, two earned runs, two walks, while striking out seven. Jose Iglesias and Jackie Bradley Jr., two prospects who got the call for opening day, combined for three hits, three walks, three hits and two RBI from eighth and ninth in the batting order. Additionally, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-6 with two RBI and newcomer Shane Victorino went 2-for-6 with three RBI.
Although not all the Red Sox roster was on the team last season, they all know what went on and what happened to such a loved franchise. The newcomers are happy with the big win over an AL East opponent, while the regulars are hoping the win puts 2012 in the rearview mirror.
Is one win enough to move on from last season?
The Red Sox proved to play as a team on opening day, bunting, moving runners along and cheering each other on. This win for the team is huge and is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough to say they are destined for the World Series, they have a lot more baseball to be played.
It was a great sign to see the great offensive play from Iglesias and Bradley, as well as Ellsbury and Victorino. Although Lester only was only able to go five innings due to his pitch count, the Red Sox bullpen shutout the Yankees and gave the team a chance to win.
This team has the ability, talent and character to have a much better season than 2012, but lets not put the cart before the horse. Let’s see how the team does in July and August before we make a decision and say last year was a fluke.