The 2012 Boston Red Sox squad was a major disappointment from manager to the players themselves. This year's squad has a little bit of the pop from last year, but without all the drama from a crazy manager and players who felt entitled to the sport with lofty contracts and ample amount of playing time.
John Farrell is now in control of everything, including a recent skirmish with pitcher Alfredo Aceves. According to The Boston Globe, after the incident, Farrell said "We're good." The new manager handled the situation really well, and his ability to manage this squad is one of multiple reasons there should be some optimism for 2013.