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These things are believed to be true

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  April 1, 2013 11:24 AM

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I believe….

That the 2013 Red Sox will win 88 games and challenge for the second wild card spot.

That the Red Sox will get the second wild card slot.

That they will lose to the Angels in the ALDS.

That we won’t see David Ortiz step to the plate until June 14.

That Jackie Bradley, Jr. will be the most exciting player the Red Sox have seen since Jacoby Ellsbury burst on the scene in 2007.

That Bradley will be sent to Pawtucket on June 14.

That Ellsbury will play 79 games in his final season with the Red Sox.

That Bobby Valentine will attack at least one current Boston player between now and the end of the month.

That Red Sox starters will all have double digit win totals. Sixteen for Jon Lester, 13 for Clay Buchholz, 11 for Ryan Dempster, 10 for Felix Doubront, and 12 for John Lackey.

That Stephen Drew was the oddest signing of the winter.

That Shane Victorino is bound to become a Fenway favorite.

That Mike Napoli is going to have a Nick Esasky-type season, and will sign elsewhere in the offseason.

That the Nationals will beat the Angels in the World Series.

That the sellout streak will come to a crashing halt next week, and that nobody outside of the front office will be the least bit upset about it.

That Josh Beckett will win seven games for the Dodgers, and will visit the disabled list by the end of May.

That the AL East will look like this: 1. Rays. 2. Red Sox. 3. Blue Jays. 4. Yankees. 5. Orioles.

That the AL East will be far more competitive than people are giving it credit.

That the Red Sox will create mass nausea by playing “At Fenway” before every home game.

That Joe Maddon will be Manager of the Year. Mike Trout will be the AL MVP and everybody can relax.

That Joel Hanrahan will be a buckle-up roller coaster ride reminiscent of the days of bullpen by committee.

That Will Middlebrooks will be the first player to lash out at the media this season.

That the Red Sox will celebrate the six-year anniversary of their last World Series title at some point.

That a $5, 12 oz. draft isn’t really that great of a deal.

That the Red Sox will have you back in their good graces by the end of the month.

That everybody will claim they were among the 13,000 on hand the night Lackey throws a no-hitter.

That nobody can resist the attraction of the plaques.

That there, finally, is a lot to like about this team.

Totally believe that.

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About the Author

Eric Wilbur is a Boston.com sports columnist who is still in awe of what Dana Kiecker pulled off that one time in Toronto. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children. Comments and suggestions for the best Buffalo wing spots are encouraged.

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