Needless to say, with 18 games left, a meaningless mid-September series with the Yankees at Fenway having just finished and the team nowhere within a sniff of a playoff spot, Red Sox Nation is looking ahead to 2013.
Some fans are hopeful that this particular squad was a misguided group of ballplayers that can right the ship next year and contend once again, just like normal. Others are taking a more realistic approach, knowing full-well that Boston needs to take a step back and readjust their strategic approach on running a ballclub.
This article is for the first group of people; the "delusional diehards," if you will.
(Well, probably Billy Beane. But besides him, who?)
The point is, just because the Red Sox seem doomed in their near future, no team can be ruled out on Opening Day.
It's the greatest thing about the game of baseball.