It was one year ago today — at 12:46 p.m. — that the Red Sox announced Bobby Valentine had been fired. It came 14 hours after the final game of the season.
On this day a year ago, reporters and television trucks were lined up on Van Ness Street and Yawkey Way waiting for the news.
The television trucks are back, but this time reporters are allowed into the park and are setting up to cover Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Red Sox went from last place and 69-93 to first place at 97-65.
It's easy to blame Valentine and he deserves plenty of the blame, too. But only 13 players who saw significant time last season are on the 2013 roster. The Red Sox also fired their coaching staff and replaced them with a group that was significantly harder working.
The Red Sox last season had 1,495 games lost due to injuries. This season? 944 games.
The 2012 season is best consigned to the dustbin of Red Sox history. But there's no escaping how different everything is exactly one year later.