Last year was close to a worst-case scenario in terms of performance compared to expectation, and the Red Sox were still about eight minutes short of making the playoffs. That says this team is still a threat, but certain things have to go differently.
The front office did not deem it necessary to make any big moves in the offseason. They traded away their top two shortstops for prospects and salary advantage, but the main cast looks very similar to 2011.
Some would say, with the Yankees adding pitching, there should have been counteraction, but applause to the front office for showing faith in their guys.
These five hopes have to be on the mind of every Boston fan as a new season commences and they attempt to put the last day of last season out of their minds.