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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Had the Red Sox simply been tolerable last season, it would have been a vast improvement. That’s how distasteful the 2012 season was.
The Red Sox arrived at spring training with a new manager, new coaches, and a roster of new players after finishing in last place in the American League East with 69 victories. Expectations were something other teams had to deal with.
Now, with their World Series rings on order and a visit to the White House on the agenda, the Red Sox return to JetBlue Park missing the easy-to-assemble motivational tools available a year ago.