Jon Lester, the Game 1 starter for the Red Sox, had some interesting comments when asked about the atmosphere around the team this season.
"This team it's a complete opposite of anything I've been around. From the moment you walk in, guys were laughing, cutting up. Nobody is safe in the clubhouse as far as getting yelled at. It doesn't matter if you're 16 years in or if you've got one day," he said.
"Everybody is having fun. And then when the time comes for 7 o'clock to roll around guys go out there and they do what they need to do and they're prepared and they play hard. And the guys that are on the bench are keeping those guys loose and having fun doing it.
It's been a joy to be around.
"I never thought, just being around this market for a couple of years, you could actually do that here and it's a pleasant surprise. And hopefully we can continue to carry it over for the remaining time that I'm here. The other guys are here and really just have fun playing the game."
Lester has always been a serious, no-nonsense personality. But the idea that he wasn't enjoying the clubhouse in Boston is something new. Last season, obviously, was a grind for all the players. But the Red Sox certainly seemed to be pleasant enough from 2007-11.