With spring training a mere eight days away, the Boston Red Sox can finally start thinking about 2013 and opening up a new chapter in the franchise’s history.
After the unforgettable (for the wrong reasons) Bobby Valentine era, new manager John Farrell will have the unenviable task of helping the Sox through a “bridge year” as they await the arrival of the “next generation” in Boston.
He will have to weigh giving playing time to younger players, while not sacrificing too much in the short-term, a balance that will prove difficult to strike given the seemingly endless fan and media pressure to win now.
The Red Sox’s 2013 schedule won't be easy, with several streaks against tough opponents spread throughout the year.
Let’s take a look at the five hardest stretches during Boston's upcoming season.