One of the new players is catcher David Ross, who returns to the Red Sox after a brief eight-game stint in Boston in 2008. Ross, who turns 36 in March and is a veteran of 11 seasons, was the team’s first offseason signing.
"At this point in my career, I'm not trying to put up any Hall of Fame numbers or anything. I just want to win,’’ he said. ‘‘I feel like this place gave me the best chance. I think they were still undecided on what they were going to do when they were talking to me. They asked, ‘Do you care who you play alongside or back up or whatever your role is?’ I said ‘I was going to try to be the best teammate I can and work hard on the days I play.’
‘‘I'm going to do the best I can to win and support whoever my teammate is. That’s kind of how I was raised. I feel like that’s the right thing to do.’’
It’s that kind of attitude the Red Sox hope catches on.