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What a difference a year makes.
Last year at this time, the Red Sox were disregarded and detested following a 69-93 last-place finish that saw them sink faster than the Lusitania in the standings and in the eyes of their fan base. The Sox were completely written off prior to last season. Now, we’re penciling them into October with confidence.
The only thing I know for sure about the 2014 Red Sox is that some of the assumptions and predictions fostered in Fort Myers, Fla., will evaporate over the course of a 162-game grind. Who had Jose Iglesias supplanting Will Middlebrooks at third base last season, fourth-string closer Koji Uehara pitching like a Japanese Dennis Eckersley, or John Lackey being the winning pitcher in the clinching game of the World Series.
Prescience is futile.