In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
There is a bottom line here. A lot of things fell into place last year. We did nothing to improve in the off season. The competition did.
Don't forget the competition, by whom I assume you're referring to the Yankees, also lost guys named Cano, Granderson, Pettitte and Rivera. Their projected infield consists of Teixeira and Jeter, both of who missed almost the whole season last year, Brian Roberts, who has averaged 48 games over the last 4 seasons, and Kelly Johnson. Their bullpen consists of Robertson, Matt Thornton, and a bunch of guys you might not be able to name. Ellsbury is already missing time. You might want to ease off on the proclamations of how the Yankees have made these giant strides forward.
Well , we will soon find out. If the Sox go on to play great ball and win the division, I will gladly say that we did the right thing this off season. I will be happy to admit that I was wrong. If the team disappoints , will you admit that we were remiss and should have done more to improve, rather than standing pat? We can say whatever we want, but the results will tell the tale. Of course, some will try to spin the results if they don' t work out as expected.