The Red Sox are off to a bad start this season. Josh Beckett is once again mired with PR problems after playing a round of golf when he should have been resting his sore lat—an injury just bad enough for him to miss a start, but not his tee time.
The Red Sox are 12-18, last place in the AL East and seem to be in a transition period.
We are witnessing a changing of the guard down at Yawkey Way.
Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield retired. Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Phillies and Kevin Youkilis' days may be numbered.
But there is hope on the horizon. By 2014 the Red Sox should have an exciting infusion of young talent playing at Fenway.
In addition to Middlebrooks, the Red Sox have players primed to be major contributors in Boston.