For many Boston Red Sox fans, there is one sight that almost always means that baseball season is not far away. No, it’s not some anti-social groundhog who usually tends to be wrong in his predictions. It is the equipment truck leaving Fenway Park and heading for Fort Myers, Florida.
This has become an event with fans showing up to celebrate the first day of spring — at least in Red Sox Nation. However, as the truck heads down to Florida, it brings to mind the questions that the 2014 Red Sox bring with them.
Who is going to be the center fielder? Can Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s hitting catch up to his defense? Towards the end of the season, he certainly looked more comfortable at the plate, but can he adjust over the whole season? If Grady Sizemore shows that he is remotely the player that he has been in the past, Bradley could find himself back in Pawtucket.
Can closer Koji Uehara pick up where he left off? He had one of the best seasons that a reliever can have, but will he be able to maintain that over the 2014 season? What will happen if he gets injured? Boston seemed to focus heavily on loading up their bullpen, but relievers tend to ebb up and down depending on the season. A bullpen can be great one year and then struggle the next. Look at the 2013 Baltimore Orioles for a recent example.
Can Daniel Nava and Shane Victorino be solid leadoff hitters? They won’t replace Jacoby Ellsbury and his speed, but if they can get on base on a regular basis, that will be a huge help and set the table for the rest of the lineup.
Those are just a few of the questions that Boston needs to answer. Of course, another question is if they are shaving their beards, what’s next to rally behind? Mustaches? Chest hair? Never mind, let’s just think about baseball.
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