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When no one in New England cared much about baseball last winter, the Red Sox brass — or was it Carmine, the computer program? — calculated the potential of its offseason moves and projected its revamped team could win nearly 90 games this season.
Ninety wins would have been a welcome sequel to the disasters of 2012 and September 2011.
But the Sox brain trust missed a few things, notable among them the emergence of one Xander Bogaerts, the Aruban Wonder.
Bogaerts was too young to buy an adult beverage at the time. And some baseball insiders figured he was too inexperienced to factor in Boston’s blueprint for redemption in 2013.