I heard much over the past few years about how the Sox had become "unlikeable".
I have no clue whether "likeable" or "unlikeable" translates into actual quality of game play.
But, from the point of Dodger trade to the dawn of 2013, Cherrington and the front office crew have completely altered the complexion of this club vis-a-vis likeability.
This club is veteran grinders (albeit handsomely paid verteran grinders), guys hunting for redemption, guys who play with heart and have fun.
Now, that, to me, is easy to root for.
And, as Club Metaphysician, I counseled the Fo that the platoon splits and extra 3 or 4 million above "market value" was well worth it just for the Aloha (much needed in Sox clubhouse) that Victorino will bring.
But seriously, those whining about 80 wins, no ace, no superstar masher, etc. etc., these folks may have their day when all is said and done. i really have no clue how this incarnation of Red Sox will perform. Could be as bad as people make it out to be. Could be much better. Dunno.
But in the meantime, I am going to have a blast rooting for Pedroia, the Flyin' Hawaian, long-hair wild-man Hanrahan, WMB, Lester and Buchholz in redemption now-or-never mode, nasty bullpen (break out the spoons), Gomes, Papi, grizzly Dempster.
May not be many marquee names on this roster, but the competitive complexion is a drastic alteration form the country club look of recent past.
Underdogs with something to prove. Far, far better than top dogs with everything to lose.