We all know how 2008 worked out. So close, yet so far. Though, in many ways, 2008 never had the feel of a championship year for the Red Sox.
Maybe it was the sting, for the unlucky lot of us who happened to be Patriots fans, of Super Bowl XLII. Maybe the clubhouse just didn't seem as united as before.
So, going into 2009, will the Red Sox put up another exciting year, but lack the longevity to go all the way? Even with the additions made to the squad in the offseason, will the Red Sox have it in them for another run? Here are the five biggest problem areas for the team going into spring training.