Can the Red Sox Do It Again in 2008?

Steph RockwoodCorrespondent IFebruary 29, 2008

They did it in 2004, just when many were losing faith. 

They repeated that glory in 2007. 

Do the Red Sox have what it takes to keep on stepping through all the negative comments from the haters, also known as Yankee fans?

There are many factors that can help lead the Bo-Sox to another shiny ring and a subsequent display of Jonathan Papelbon's Irish dancing prowess.  Not to mention that no one knows how to party quite like the Red Sox fans that attend the victory parade.

Factor number one is the existence of Boston’s everlasting youth.  Jacoby Ellsbury is the latest player to have quite a bit of skill behind the cute baby face.  He recorded 41 hits in the 33 games he played.

Most of his superstar aura spread in the postseason.  With a slugging percentage of .688 in the World Series, he really came through in the clutch for my beloved Red Sox. 

The next order of business is Manny Ramirez and those wonderful locks of his. Would this be a proper Red Sox article without this topic? I think he should keep the hair-do.  It sets him apart and his uniqueness is one reason why he’s atop my list of favorite players. 

I see everyone stopped bashing him about the whole “Who cares?” comment when they swept the series.  I knew that wouldn’t last long.

Number three lies in the hands (or should I say arms?) of our pitching staff. 

With a group of pitchers that consist of veterans Curt Schilling, Tim Wakefield and Mike Timlin, the golden boy Josh Beckett, and closer/jig specialist Jonathan Papelbon, they are as hot as can be. 

But when you add cancer survivor Jon Lester, and Japanese phenoms Daisuke Matsuzaka and the underestimated Hideki Okajima, they are virtually unstoppable.

I nearly forgot to mention the fact that they are housing a rookie, Clay Bucholz.  In his second start as a Major League pitcher, he threw a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles, taking his place in the record books. 

Last but certainly not least, I’d like to express my excitement that we are inviting Terry Francona back into the dugout for three more seasons.  I don’t think I want anyone else but him to guide my boys to another championship and another jig.