Most of the key members of the Red Sox have playoff experience, so handling what is to come this month won't be unfamiliar to them.
But the Red Sox franchise has not won a playoff game since Oct. 18, 2008 when they took Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Rays.
In the five years since, almost everything has changed. New general manager, new manager (twice), new coaches and almost an entirely new cast of players.
Only Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are back from the roster that faced the Rays in 2008. Clay Buchholz was not in the postseason that year.
Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Mike Lowell, J.D. Drew, Julio Lugo, Alex Cora, Kevin Cash, and Mike Timlin are retired.
Guys like Jason Bay, Kevin Youkilis, Manny Delcarmen, and Manny Ramirez might as well be, given the state of their fading careers.
Justin Masterson, Coco Crisp, and Jed Lowrie were traded. Jonathan Papelbon left as a free agent.
After two World Series titles in a span of four years, playoff victories were part of October in Boston. Now the drought is close to five years.
That's not much for some teams. But around here it seems like forever.