Spring Training will be anything but boring for the Sox this year.
Last year there was a lot of talk about how Spring Training was "boring" for the Red Sox. Save for John Lackey, there were no big name free agents coming into Fort Myers, and Sox fans were anything but bowled over by his signing. As the remnants of Idiot Club have slowly dissipated from the organization, talk of the Sox being boring only increased. However, for this spring at least, that sort of talk will be placed on hold.
The Red Sox were anything but boring this past winter, going over-the-top and pulling multiple moves they were always capable of - but never pulled the trigger on. Bringing in the likes of Crawford, Gonzalez, and Jenks injected a lot of hope into a passionate fan-base that was coming off its most...well...boring year of recent memory. Sure the Sox made these moves because interest had waned to an all-time low for this ownership group, but like any business - it also goes back to money - and having a winning product on the field translates to money spent at the gates and concessions (unless you're a Team from Florida, looking your way Tampa Bay).
Since Manny and Pedro left the friendly confines there hasn't been too much controversy amongst the palm trees in Spring. Papelbon is the only source of drama there - however, it's all but written in stone that this is his last year with the club - so what we're left with in Spring Training is seeing the most anticipated Red Sox Team in years take the field as they begin to gel together. Our players are healthy, upgraded, and hungry - and it should be a really fun month down in Florida, and one I'm planning on sitting back and enjoying. It'll be most interesting to see how the line-up works itself out - but for now, I just want to see baseball. This winter's been brutal, and I think everyone in the Hub could use I nice injection of baseball.